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I have been saying for years that if the proponents of Gay marriage are so sure of the community’s support then they should be advocating for a plebiscite to truly measure the real amount of public support for the the concept of same sex “marriage”. Well it seems that it might even happen if the report in today’s Fairfax press is to be believed:
Personally I doubt that the plebiscite will get up or even be debated in the parliament because neither Labor nor the Coalition are that keen on the “gay marriage” , then again Labor might go for it on the basis that they may get some small amount of positive PR from suggesting that they are putting the question to the people. Its no surprise to me that the Gay marriage advocates like Rodney Croome are less than enthusiastic about the idea because the experience of votes like the one held in California on proposition 8 showed a substantially lower level of public support for Gay marriage than the often claimed 80+% that he and his fellow travellers are so often citing on the issue.
It could be bit more spice into the pot for September 14 but I suspect that when it comes down to it that we won’t be having a plebiscite and that the only reason that this idea is being floated now is that the bit players want an issue to campaign on that will differentiate them from both Labor and the Coalition, the former because Australia’s oldest party has such a stench of death all around them and the later because they have so much momentum that independents will otherwise be consigned to the dustbin of history…
I could be wrong, but I doubt it.
Its off to the movies for me today with my wife to see the new Science Fiction epic Oblivion, yes I know its got Tom Cruise in it but it looks quite nice in the trailer:
It may be good it may be crap but I doubt that it will be lacking in action and cute visuals which will look good on the big screen.
A quick review as an update
I had limited expectations of this movie and in some aspects there were the usual tropes of the genre but there was also a rather grown up plot and a nice lack of space opera silliness. The CGI was delightfully seamless and convincing which made the world believable and the plot twists while easily predictable to this old cynic were not overplayed or inconsistent with the vision of the film.
Over all it scores an eight out of ten on the old Iain-O-metre, quite worth watching and worth the price of admission to the Cinema .
Cheers again Comrades
Those who complain about the Coalition’s “lack of policy” should be very pleased by their announcement of their broadband policy which was both well detailed well explained. As I have been saying for ages the average person does not need a Rolls-Royce and that is precisely the what that the presentation here is arguing.
Apart from one obnoxious journalist with a clear agenda the announcement was very well received
If you have listened to this song before then it should not have escaped your attention that the process of making good gravy is just as important as the nature of the the ingredients I hear the song on the radio this morning as I read Janet Albrechtsen this morning.
Gay marriage is not akin to securing the vote for women or ending apartheid. After all, civil unions are commonplace. Gay couples enjoy the same substantive rights as heterosexual couples. If they don’t they should. But the political battle to claim the word “marriage” for homosexuals is an elite agenda of the political classes for reasons not always honest.
Take the disingenuous claim that traditional marriage is an evil form of discrimination against gays. As Chief Justice John Roberts said in Hollingsworth last week, “when the institution of marriage developed historically, people didn’t get around and say let’s have this institution, but let’s keep out homosexuals. The institution developed to serve purposes that, by their nature, didn’t include homosexual couples.”
Yet, those who oppose gay marriage for legitimate reasons are too often treated as morally inferior, out-of-date, and worse, bigoted.
Whether it’s a snooty editorial from The New York Times ridiculing the “incoherence” of opposing gay marriage in Hollingsworth or mocking grumbles from the audience on ABC1′s Q&A, too many gay marriage advocates have chosen the wrong way to advance their cause.
Redefining marriage in a way that promotes social cohesion means winning people over with reasoned arguments rather than trying to guilt them into agreeing.
What our activist friends seem to forget is that for the sort of social changes they desire they have to convince rather than coerce a change from those of us who want to see marriage remain as a heterosexual institution.
Patience is a virtue that seems far too removed from the activist mindset, maybe it shouldn’t be so if they want the changes they desire to be enduring accepted and effective.
I am, like my ancestors, very pale skinned and according to the collective wisdom greatly at risk from too much exposure to sun light. The risk is of course that being sunburned may cause deadly skin cancer. To avoid that none too thrilling risk on can d9o a number of things like becoming entirely nocturnal, not really an option when the family want to be active during the day, or you can take action to protect your skin form exposure to the harsh Australian sun. Now we are getting lots of messages warning us about the danger of nano-particles of titanium dioxide used in sunscreen and because such warnings have been taken seriously the Cancer industry are worried that people will stop using the greasy creams on our exposed skin:
Maybe the solution is not more goop on our skins but more clothes on our bodies when the sun is at its most intense, because that provides the best protection from the sun’s harmful radiation and contains no Titanium dioxide nano-particles
- Fresh concern over nano-particles hidden in sunscreen (abc.net.au)
- Sunscreen – The Facts, Myths, Tips, and Warnings (everydayfamily.com)
- Summer Sun Safety (everydayfamily.com)
- UV Lamps and Skin Cancer (divinedigits.wordpress.com)
- Safety concerns over nanoparticles in some sunscreens (abc.net.au)
- SUNSCREENS…Can You Trust Them? (mayrobinson.wordpress.com)
- To Sunscreen or not to Sunscreen…or Sunblock (redcarrotwellness.wordpress.com)
I get a variety of newsletters popping up in my in-box many of them are pushing their own political barrows , both left and right, but also some are about the cutting edge of technology well the piece I cite today just made me laugh out loud and think that a certain cadre of internet vigilantes will be rushing to contact the manufacturer to order their only chance of giving their right hands a rest from their insatiable need for self-pleasuring.
I’ve tested a fair few gadgets in my time at Gizmag – from upmarket beanbags to high-powered motorcycles and smart pens. But I’ve never been asked to go this far outside my comfort zone for a story – even though our esteemed editorial team will probably tell you my whole life has been building to this moment.
Today, I’m road testing a masturbation device. And I’ve decided to put my name to it because I believe that for all the squeamish details you’re about to read, this is a significant piece of technology – a big step down a path that I think a lot of people will come to take for granted in the future.
I feel like a pioneer, one of the first in the mainstream Web media to put my penis where my mouth is. Of course, the truth is if I could do that, I wouldn’t need one of these things at all.
In essence, the Realtouch is a mechanical pleasure device that you stick your willy into, with a series of belts, rings, heaters and lubrication dispensers that can create a pretty broad range of sensations. What sets it apart is that it connects to your computer via USB, so it can be coded to synchronize with a porn video – or controlled by somebody else remotely.
Ok now that you have read the article and picked yourself up of the ground after your laughing fit doesn’t it make you so proud that there are engineers and technicians out there working so hard to make the willies of the sad and lonely happy? I can’t help imagining that that small cadre are going to be falling over themselves and rushing to find out if they can get a discount for buying in bulk so that they can make their online circle jerk into something more tangible.
The real horror is that I know that they are all visualising Moi as they furiously beat their meat with the help of electronic devices. What sad lonely lives they must have.
Ah that environmental equivalent to the hate week that Orwell spoke of in 1984 is almost upon us and like hate week its all about manipulating the feelings of the proles so that the dominate religious ideology can be both strengthened and reinforced. Thus when we are exhorted to turn off our lights for earth hour those of us who do not plunge our homes and business into darkness can paint targets on our foreheads for the faithful to aim at with their condescending scorn.However like a lot of religious mumbo jumbo the underlying assumption about the effectiveness of this act of environmental contrition will be grossly overstated as will the culpability of humanity for the claimed changes in the climate. With that all in mind I found Bjorn Lomborg‘s argument in today’s Oz most compelling:
You don’t have to succumb to the group think about the “virtue” of turning off your lights or worse yet joining in to the immoral stupidity of getting your snout into the Photovoltaic subsidy trough that drives energy costs up for everyone else. There are better ways than these empty gestures to tread lightly on the planet, holiday in this country rather than taking that jet fueled jaunt around the planet, use your appliances and cars until they are worn out instead of replacing them when the warranty runs out. Forgo the pleasures of the fashion industry by only buying new clothes when your old ones are worn out, heck you could even seek a better balance between the need to be clean and the frequency and duration of your showering. All of theses things are going to make more difference to the planet than turning your lights off for one hour, especially if you have, like yours truly, already been using the most efficient LED lights (that use 85% less energy than an incandescent bulb )for quite some time …
Never been a big fan of cake Comrades
- Bjorn Lomborg’s Dirty Little Math (cleantechnica.com)
- The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World (landandlivestock.wordpress.com)
- Earth Hour 2013: March 23, 8:30 PM (environmentaleducationuk.wordpress.com)
- Earth Hour Is a Colossal Waste of Time – And Energy (slate.com)
- In Wall Street Journal op-ed, Bjorn Lomborg urges delay with misleading stats (climatesciencewatch.org)
- Turn off gadgets during Earth Hour (technology.inquirer.net)
- Earth Hour (popalx.wordpress.com)
- My Blog Supports “Earth Hour.” (zedie.wordpress.com)