Posts Tagged ‘Gillard’
A brave new world

How are you enjoying your brave new world:

 “TONY BLAIR promised yesterday (1999) to abandon the caution shown in his first two years in power by sweeping away the “forces of conservatism”… that the party’s “new radicals” would “set the people free” by creating a New Britain based on equal opportunity for all.

Gee, how can we oppose it? After all:

What’s an individual or group of individuals worth compared to the good of everyone forever?”

So, are things better? Cameron made the British Conservatives Party progressive, how’s that working out for the UK? How about Australia under Gillard? or the USA under Obama? No need to ask more.  If sound government is not restored things will be grim – have a look at Jesse’s post:

 
Liars

One for the Australian Prime Minister:

“People who lie to themselves, and believe their own lies, becomes unable to recognize the truth, either in themselves or in anyone else.

And they end up losing respect for themselves and for others. When they have no respect, they can no longer love.

So they yield themselves up to their impulses, indulging in the lowest forms of pleasure, and behave in the end like a thing obsessed in satisfying their vices.

And it all comes from lying — to others and to yourself.”

Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Hat tip: Jesse’s Cafe Americain

 
Oddities 2

Snippits from around the web:

Psychologists fear US manual will widen mental illness diagnosis: Hundreds of thousands of people will be labelled mentally ill because of behaviour most people would consider normal, if a new edition of what has been termed the psychiatrists’ diagnostic bible goes ahead, experts are warning.

Next thing you know they will be sending the mentally ill to re-education camps.

Study: Distrust of Government a Mental Disorder: A study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry has concluded that distrust of the government is a treatable mental disorder. Known as “AGP” or “anti-government phobia,” the study claims: “…that unfounded fear of government is a recognizable mental illness, closely related to paranoid schizophrenia. Anti-Government Phobia (AGP) differs from most mental illnesses, however, in that it is highly infectious and has an acute onset. Symptoms include extreme suspiciousness, conspiracy-mongering, delusional thought patterns, staunch ‘us against them’ mentality, withdrawal from reality, and often religious fanaticism”

Ultrafast Trades Trigger Black Swan Events Every Day, Say Econophysicists:  The US financial markets have suffered over 18,000 extreme price changes caused by ultrafast trading, according to a new study of market data between 2006 and 2011. We posted on machine trading here.

A Day of Intense Force-on-Force Handgun Training: Statistically rare but devastating, home invasions are the kind of low-probability, high-consequence nightmare that is difficult to guard against without seeming and feeling like a hopelessly paranoid person. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared. New Jersey—based Gun For Hire, which provides tactical training for law enforcement and civilians, teaches that the best way to stop a home invasion is one step at a time. It could help keep you out of a cemetery or jail, prticularly if you have a gun.

ABC accuracy: Some entertaining exaggeration and misrepresentation from photoshoppers who’ve been having fun with Julia Gillard’s Australia Day rescue.

The Himalayas and nearby peaks have lost no ice in past 10 years, study show: The discovery has stunned scientists, who had believed that around 50bn tonnes of meltwater were being shed each year and not being replaced by new snowfall. The study is the first to survey all the world’s icecaps and glaciers and was made possible by the use of satellite data.