Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gough Whitlam

LivePoliticalChat's photo.

Wow had no idea Whitlam's engagement with China came before US President Richard Nixon table tennis diplomacy.....

Check out this list of what the Whitlam Government achieved in just 3 years;

1. ended Conscription,
2. withdrew Australian troops from Vietnam,
3. implemented Equal Pay for Women,
4. launched an Inquiry into Education and the Funding of Government and Non-government Schools on a Needs Basis,
5. established a separate ministry responsible for Aboriginal Affairs,
6. established the single Department of Defence,
7. withdrew support for apartheid–South Africa,
8. granted independence to Papua New Guinea,
9. abolished Tertiary Education Fees,
10. established the Tertiary Education Assistance Scheme (TEAS),
11. increased pensions,
12. established Medibank,
13. established controls on Foreign Ownership of Australian resources,
14. passed the Family Law Act establishing No-Fault Divorce,
15. passed a series of laws banning Racial and Sexual Discrimination,
16. extended Maternity Leave and Benefits for Single Mothers,
17. introduced One-Vote-One-Value to democratize the electoral system,
18. implemented wide-ranging reforms of the ALP's organization,
19. initiated Australia's first Federal Legislation on Human Rights, the Environment and Heritage,
20. established the Legal Aid Office,
21. established the National Film and Television School,
22. launched construction of National Gallery of Australia,
23. established the Australian Development Assistance Agency,
24. reopened the Australian Embassy in Peking after 24 years,
25. established the Prices Justification Tribunal,
26. revalued the Australian Dollar,
27. cut tariffs across the board,
28. established the Trade Practices Commission,
29. established the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service,
30. established the Law Reform Commission,
31. established the Australian Film Commission,
32. established the Australia Council,
33. established the Australian Heritage Commission,
34. established the Consumer Affairs Commission,
35. established the Technical and Further Education Commission,
36. implemented a national employment and training program,
37. created Telecom and Australia Post to replace the Postmaster-General's Department,
38. devised the Order of Australia Honors System to replace the British Honors system,
39. abolished appeals to the Privy Council,
40. changed the National Anthem to 'Advance Australia Fair' (confirmed at 1977 Referendum),
41. instituted Aboriginal Land Rights, and
42. sewered *most* parts of Sydney. (Hard to believe, isn't it, that Sydney wasn't even sewered 40 years ago???)

- all in 3 years!!!

You have to ponder the fate of Australia these days, how unfortunate we are to find ourselves with Tony Abbott in comparison.....with his small minded ideas and attitudes......

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hey TimeWarner users in NY

Hey TimeWarner users in NY, I was in Union Square Best Buy store this morning and noticed that they had the “shelf stickers” printed for the new Motorola 6183 cable modems (at least they did in the Union Square store – but they didn’t have any in stock yet), anyway long story short some of the stores have them in stock and if you live on the UWS the 62nd and Broadway store has 3 (they had 4 but I went up there this morning just to get one).

Ask for Jornada who works in the back in the home theatre section as I was able to convince her to get one for me from the back…..


Of course you can just wait until Amazon - http://bit.ly/twc-sb6183 get them it should be soonish……but I’ve been waiting for the last 2 months and still no stock.


I’ve plugged it in, called Time Warner to reset my modem and was back online in less than 5 mins with 16 channels downstream – just waiting for them to flip the “MAXX” service which will increase my download speed to 300/20 but you need one of the new 16 channel modems to take advantage of this (the 6141 etc that I have on Craigslist for sale for $60 only had 8 channels) otherwise its limited to 100mb downstream.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

HindSight Obama

Obama is unhappy with the Internet ‘fast lane’ plan proposed by the ex-cable lobbyist he tapped to run the FCC

Sunday, October 05, 2014

$75 oil

Is the price being driven down by the Saudis to halt American development or is it being held down by the Americans to screw with Putin?

Or is demand really that low and we are in a worse crisis than is being made out to be?
- http://www.cnbc.com/id/102054685

Some of the posts I'm seeing are talking about Strong $US being the reason but I don't get that as the Saudi contracts etc are written in USA dollars to begin with.


LiveFyre "introduces" Sidenotes

LiveFyre "introduces" Sidenotes
Livefyre wants to bring its social commenting system not only to every story on the Web, but also to every paragraph, block quote and image. With its new Sidenotes feature launching today at Salon and Fox Business

Only 15 years to the day since "Third Voice" was launched a new and improved "official" on page commenting system -  http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/06/11/five_years_ago


Friday, October 03, 2014

Another year

Very excited about out to www.wd-50.com for birthday dinner tonight (closing soon in 57 days so this will be the last time),

Feeling very thankful for everything I have in my life after yet another year.

Not a lot of people have what you have in your life this weekend so enjoy it
- http://youtu.be/hXlzci1rKNM

Aero could be back baby

....I was so busy I missed my own funeral.... in an interesting twist the FCC could be green lighting Aero (and other online video providers) to allow both Must Carry and Compulsory ReTransmission content to be "broadcast" (...webcast??)


Thursday, October 02, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Why am i seeing pictures of kittens?

As the Parliament prepares to vote on yet unseen legislation, the damage to our freedoms will outlast the current terror hysteria, writes Ben Eltham.
Something is happening to Australia’s democracy. It’s happening right before our eyes, in federal Parliament, on national television, on the front of our daily newspapers. And we’re applauding it.

What I don't understand is why so few of my Australian friends aren't challenging or rebelling against the current moves???

When looking at your facebook posts I see kittens and photos of dinner??

Tracy Caldwell

Awesome awesome photo.....I wish humanity would get its shit together.
- http://news.distractify.com/mark-pygas/pictures-taken-in-past-10-years/?v=1

Friday, September 26, 2014

Facebook privacy checkup

Not sure if Facebook needed the extra server space and knew we would delete out a lot of connections but went through this list.......wow there is a lot of junk I haven't used in ages.

Facebook connect = giving keys to your house away to friends but never talking to them again....

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Does you or your gut choose the menu?

So the question has to be asked....can we swallow "better" bacteria to stop fat or sweet cravings.....
- http://universityofcalifornia.edu/news/do-gut-bacteria-rule-our-minds

Terra Bella - Shine Bright

Another winner from The Polish Ambassador - this guy is batting 1,000 with hit after hit.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Relative distances for Known Universe

The mapping style for "Known Universe" is  a little funky because of the mapping style but check out this video on relative distances....well worth watching.

Great to see relation heights of mountains/satellites/the moon etc.

The relative distance measurement that freaked me out is how small the distance is for "70 years of radio waves".....its nothing and to think that we know other life is out there...not out there because of SETI etc is a joke.

Monday, September 15, 2014

New fan of Toure on MSNBC's The Cycle

Wow just happened to catch Touré talking in the closing minutes of his monologue on www.facebook.com/TheCycleMSNBC today about how its a shame that the ISIS images are being hidden for us and that American government censors who have hoodwinked us into thinking WAR IS STERILE is a farce and a calamity and that even in 2014 he couldn't show us the 1991 photograph Incinerated Iraqi is too powerful to publish now.

When President Obama says he is going to pursue ISIS fighters are you comfortable knowing what that really means....?

I wish we had more deep thinking media personalities speaking out - if you are offended with what this image looks like....then why aren't you offended it was done in your name and the pursuit of those ..."WMD's...."

More on the photo at -

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Natalie Merchant

Off to see Natalie Merchant tonight with my hottie.

The Great Gatsby on stage

Saw The Great Gatsby live on stage on Friday night.....wow....forgot how good live theatre can be.

Awesome live theatre for only $20....they need more publicity though as house was only half full and considering how Cameron McIntosh stole the show - the last 10 minute soliloquy was worth seeing alone....  

Its the first time I've ever seen it on stage..... really got different interpretations of the story, enough that I really want to read the book now.

The Great Gatsby

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Time for a fresh broom?

Reading this article today you have to think - http://www.syriadeeply.org/articles/2014/09/6074/christian-science-monitor-obama-faces-tough-task-leading-regional-coalition-islamic-state/

Sorry Hillary...I don't think 2016 is going to be your year. Can we get someone new into the oval office please with fresh thinking? I know most people wont vote for Elizabeth Warren...but at least she would bring some new ideas and new focus.

We could have moved onto clean energy with the amount of money we've spent in the middle east over the last decade....
- http://www.LivePoliticalChat.com/Dean.Collins