I used to repair and upgrade my old road bike regularly, taking it from a 12-speed to 21-speed in the process. The only things I haven't replaced on that old thing are the front rim and hub, brake callipers and the frame. My newer bikes are a different prospect. Firstly, my big old tools aren't … Continue reading Bike Repairs – new bottom bracket
I’ve never understood why people think that it is unacceptable to NOT have a favourite footy team, opinion on who will win X Factor or DWTS, but it is perfectly acceptable to profess ignorance and mistrust of science. And they’ll type that on a smartphone to appear on the Internet.
Wouldn’t it be nice to switch the science off for an hour so that people like our PM could see what happens if the geeks and boffins left the planet.
“I mean in the end this whole thing is a question of fact, not faith, or it should be a question of fact not faith and we can discover whether the planet is warming or not by measurement. And it seems that notwithstanding the dramatic increases in man made CO2 emissions over the last decade, the world’s warming has stopped. Now admittedly we are still pretty warm by recent historical standards but there doesn’t appear to have been any appreciable warming since the late 1990s.”
From Abbott’s Interview with Andrew Bolt:
Bolt: (Volunteering to fight) the fires. Was there an element of running away from the office?
PM: Ha! Mate, I got up to the station at 4pm Saturday and I got back to the station at 10 Sunday morning. So there’s no question of running away from…
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I could not have put it better myself.
A few years ago, I had the pleasure of taking a class called “Oral English” which was one hour a week and in it Year 10 students were meant to improve their oral skills by short talks, debating and intelligent discussion of issues. The intelligent discussion of issues nearly always descended into them raising their voices and insulting each other at which point I’d bring a halt to proceedings and remind them of the rules of the class.
One day, instead of doing the same ineffective thing, I simply asked them, “When was the last time that someone changed your mind by yelling at you? Or by insulting you?” The general consensus was never. “Then why do you think it’ll work when you do it?’
“We don’t,” said one girl.
“Then why do you do it?” I asked
“Because it feels good.”
“Well, just so long as you’re not expecting…
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I hope/fear that the contract would be every bit as successful/disastrous as the “Contract with America [sic]” was in the mid-1990’s.
“Spoken/scripted” is the new “core/non-core promise”.
Who else received a Contract from Tony Abbott? Just wondering, because I misplaced mine and I’ve been searching for it on the internet, and I can’t seem to find it there either. Perhaps, it was an individual contract…
”You’ll notice we haven’t said we’re going to get to a surplus by a particular date.” Tony Abbott
“But missing from the independent costings will be the analysis on three of the Coalition’s key policies: broadband, Direct Action and the plan to stop asylum seekers coming to Australia by boat.” The Sydney Morning Herald
Anyway, I was searching for it, because I couldn’t remember if it said anything about surpluses, but as I can’t find it, I guess he’s off the hook.
Still, I wonder whether it was such a good idea to send me a contract at all. I mean, I hadn’t asked for one. And if I was going to…
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