Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Better dead than eat irradiated food
The bean sprout crop that was the source of the outbreak requires a warm and humid environment to grow, which increases the risk of contamination by E. coli and other disease-causing bacteria. The only certain means of reducing this risk is to irradiate the bean sprout seeds, which effectively kills 99.999 per cent of E. coli. There is no evidence that food irradiation is harmful to consumers, and also no evidence that it affects the nutritional quality of food.Better to risk sickness and death rather than subject foods to harmless radiation.
Despite these facts, the organic industry continues to lobby against the use of irradiation. When President Bill Clinton's agriculture secretary Dan Glickman proposed including irradiation in the US National Organic Standards in 1998 - specifically to reduce E. coli risk - the US Department of Agriculture received over 300,000 petitions from individuals and organisations in the US and Europe opposing this move. As a result this provision was removed from the final legislation.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Clearly on the lookout for a new girlfriend since being mercilessly dumped, he's finally bought himself a suit, truly befitting a man of such unemployment. Alas Antony assumed from his vast media training that nobody would see below the desk and didn't think a quality pair of pants was as important. I'm sure CNN are banging down his parent's door looking for him.
I'd comment on what he said, but frankly I can't work it out. Something about Climate Change. Oh, and Israel. Of course.
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Friday, June 24, 2011
Go west young woman
Pain is good
Government action in Australia to increase price has already proved important in controlling and reducing consumption in other sectors, such as tobacco products and the use of water and electricity.Next on the nanny state's agenda: weight control via a tax on calories. Pain, learn to enjoy it.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
The spelling error has since been corrected.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Pure Poison omniscient
The caring Left
There are about 11.5 million people working in Australia.Yet a carbon tax, which will will make no noticeable reduction to global emissions, is of utmost importance.
About 150 000 of them work in the mining sector.
If half of the miners lost their jobs, Australia wouldn’t notice a thing.
The added bonus would be that we might be able to find a plumber, electrician or mechanic without having to beg.
In January, Reporters Without Borders and a network of exiled Sri Lankan journalists, Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka, issued an appeal signed by a number of prominent figures, including Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, Ken Loach, Tariq Ali and me.Oddly, Loewenstein's claim to fame was issued at less than prominent outlets: his blog, Overland literary journal and The Drum. Big-headed fish... small pond.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Prime Minister who?
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Traffic blocker booked
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Green hip pocket pain
Households will be forced to pay up to 30 per cent more for electricity by mid-2013, with the Federal Government's renewable energy scheme responsible for 11 per cent of that increase.The bottom line:
The document will add further weight to this week's warnings by the Productivity Commission that the renewable energy incentives being demanded by the Greens are pushing up costs for little environmental gain.Pricey renewable energy can't be counted on, however:
As wind farm investment in WA gathers pace, Western Power has warned that an over-dependence on the technology could compromise the electricity grid's security of supply.Save the planet? Jesus, someone please save us from the Greens.
The State-owned utility's system manager Ken Brown said wind farms were unreliable and this could leave the network dangerously exposed to blackouts if peak demand coincided with a still day.
Saturday, June 04, 2011
College of Knollege
No doubt devastated, newly single Antony has once again fled what he considers a "cultural backwater" (Australia) and travelled to New York. Unlike the sensible Australian media, Antony can dream that nobody there would realise how useless he is. Well, until they Google him.
Walking the streets of NYC, to find a nice
A reader suggestion follows, giving considerable insight into the sort of brain-donor readership Antony Loewenstein attracts:
Could use some explanation for your less knollegable readers. [sic]Antony could not actually explain it, of course, being about as Jewish as the bus stop on which he found the billboard.
I look forward to reading a JDate profile something like this:
"Wanted: Nice Jewish Princess for highly ineligible bachelor. Must hate Israel, love Noam Chomsky. Be attracted to barely literate, barely men of extremely limited earning potential. Please hurry, I need a place to stay. My family won't let me stay at their place any more and the local Starbucks have asked me to stop abusing their free WiFi and actually buy a coffee."The good news: The Tamil gene pool just got a break.
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Friday, June 03, 2011
Why Sri Lanka?
At some point , Antony started very occasionally blogging about Sri Lanka, and the Tamil conflict. Was he expanding his world view? Was Antony all of a sudden waking up to the reality that Israel wasn't in fact the most eeeevil place on Earth, and in actual fact there were human rights abuses taking place elsewhere? Not exactly. For the most part, Antony was (as might be expected from a hapless fringe-dweller) barracking for the terrorists. Again.
This blog has often pointed out his errors, stupid mistakes, embarrassing cockups, intellectual dishonesty and general awkwardness, in most cases for his 'commentary' on Israel and in some cases the US and Australia. It now seems there was a whole group of other people, familiar with the Sri Lankan conflict who also thought Antony was a clueless moron.
The Carthaginian Solution has a number of posts about our favourite bestselling author. In the above post, the writer notes Loewenstein's hypocrisy, demanding an independent state for the ethnic Tamils inside Sri Lanka, yet being the same guy obsessed with denying the Jews a state of their own.
Of course we aren't allowed to call him an antisemite for this double standard. Antony will always remind everyone that he's "a Jew" (a term most Jews don't actually use to describe themself, but he's not to know that, being so distant from them).
A number of other posts at that site hold Loewenstein to account for supporting a group which encouraged 12 year olds to die and whose previous achievements included suicide bombing. Sound familiar? Once again, in the battle between good and evil, Loewenstein chose badly.
CS notes Antony's efforts to see a Book Festival cancelled, presumably as they didn't invite him.
If there was a Darwin Award for ‘human rights’ activists, this year’s front-runners would be Antony Loewenstein and his backers Reporters sans frontiers and JDF. They promoted the boycott of the Galle Literary Festival, (the only international literary festival in Sri Lanka) on the grounds that since there were problems with free speech in a post-war environment, the best way to improve the situation would be through a boycott, thus preventing free speech.We hadn't discovered the site until now, as Antony in typical fashion never engaged his critics, no doubt convinced he was right and they were all part of a conspiracy to silence him. Geez Antony, would it kill you to throw us a link once in a while? We're not nearly as famous or successful as you.
The big question however, is why did Loewenstein care about the Tamils? Of all the trendy causes in the world, why would Antony choose that one?
We can now reveal, for the first time, that Antony has been dating a Tamil girl for quite some time. Next time you hear Antony demanding greater transparency from the media, feel free to remind him that he never bothered mentioning that. Sure your comment will be deleted from his blog and never see the light of day, but that's transparency for you...
When Mango called Loewenstein a "Tamil Fluffer" I'm sure that's not what he had in mind.
Update: Via comments to this post: Antony's Tamil Temptress dumped him. Apparently there are women who can withstand his intellect and looks. See related post.
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Local Council Official Screws 100 Year old Lady
100 years seems about the same amount of time it takes many councils to issue Development Approvals and perform other basic council tasks. Indeed, it seems the only thing most councils are very good at, is writing parking tickets, collecting tens of millions of dollars above and beyond rates revenue. Oh, and solving the Middle East conflict.
When Barry O'Farrell came to power in NSW, he promised to abolish Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, return planning powers to local councils. Previously, the Minister had the authority to approve certain projects despite council objection. The NSW Labor Government had corrupted this process, like so many others.
In theory, returning planning to local communities is a good idea. In practice however, most local councils are completely hopeless and should simply be shut down and amalgamated into super-councils. Not given more power. You don't reward incompetence.
Death to Dylan
Save the World
Thursday, June 02, 2011
While the death of coalition troops is unquestionably tragic, some perspective is required. 22 deaths, over an entire decade in heavy combat, is fewer than the number killed on Australian roads over a single long weekend. Put very bluntly, as wars go, 22 isn't bad.
I'm not saying we should stay there no matter what. Continual, serious analysis is required (and Greg Sheridan makes a compelling argument for leaving Afghanistan here). However the total lack of stomach for causalities in war, has sent a clear message to Islamists. Kill a small handful of diggers and the people back home will surrender.
That is not the sort of message you want to be sending to these animals.
It does seem however that Afghanistan is now a useful rallying point for those who previously cried that Iraq was "unwinnable", a "quagmire" and "Vietnam all over again". They do seem to have gone quiet, haven't they?
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Palin Prediction Proven
So a letter in today's SMH comes as no surprise:
Palin or Pauline
I see Sarah Palin is off on a "One Nation" bus tour of the US as a possible precursor to running for president ("Palin gets her motor running for 'patriotic tour' ", May 31). I didn't realise Pauline's influence was so strong. Drop the "u" and "e" and they are identical. Be afraid, America, very afraid.
Gavin Williamson Narrabeen
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