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Wednesday 27th October 2010


Hope this finds you fit and well.

Enjoy this week's selection of information morsels and have a great week!

Until next time, dream big dreams, read widely, think well of your fellow man, eat food that's good for you and do the important things that make a difference - they are rarely the urgent ones!



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Basic Computer User

Google and Mozilla fix browser flaws

Google and Mozilla have released new versions of their browsers, plugging plenty of security holes along the way. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/236092,google-and-mozilla-fix-browser-flaws.aspx

Microsoft smokes Dutch Windows 8 leak

Microsoft has quickly erased a remark on its Dutch blog which stated that Windows 8 would not be out until 2012. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/236476,microsoft-smokes-dutch-windows-8-leak.aspx

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Advanced Computer User

Microsoft updates Windows 7 and Server 2008

A release candidate (RC) of Service Pack 1 (SP1) has been made available for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. The pack primarily adds broader virtualisation support and remote user support additions. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/236748,microsoft-updates-windows-7-and-server-2008.aspx

The Latest GPS Linked Super-Computer

They say that the new GPS linked super computer knows everything. A sceptic asked the computer, "Where is my father?"

The computer bleeped for a short while, and then came back with "Your father is fishing in the Snowy River."

The sceptical man said triumphantly, "You see? I knew this was nonsense. My father has been dead for twenty years."

"No," replied the super computer immediately, "your mother's husband has been dead for twenty years. Your father just landed a kilogram trout."

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Polio Caused by Poison Not Virus?

This site quotes several scientific papers. Hard to read on a textured background. http://harpub.co.cc/

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Drug and Alcohol Lectures

A man is stopped by the police at midnight and asked where he’s going.

“I’m on the way to listen to a lecture about the effects of alcohol and drug abuse on the human body.”

The policeman asks, “Really? And who’s going to give a lecture at this time of night?”

“My wife!” comes the reply.

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Cold Fusion

The Story of a Suppressed Technology http://www.forbiddenknowledgetv.com/videos/suppressed-technology/cold-fusion-a-story-of-suppressed-technology.html

Socrates (469-399 BC) Greek Philosopher as quoted in Cicero, 44 BC

The nearest way to glory - a shortcut, as it were - is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be.

A Quote From Henry Ford

"If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability".

Automated Parking Machine

This is secure and advanced! http://www.woehr.de/en/projekte/budapest_m730/index.htm

Read the fine print on the Greens tin by PETER COSTELLO

Tom's comment: I have never been a big fan of Peter Costello but this article hits a large nail very squarely on the head.

September 29, 2010

It is an odd priority. When the Greens leader, Bob Brown, was asked to name his first legislative priority for the new Parliament he had no hesitation - euthanasia. Brown wants to repeal the federal statute that outlawed euthanasia in the Northern Territory. "This will restore the rights of territorians to be able to legislate for euthanasia," he told Network Ten.

I wonder if all those who voted for the Greens in August expected that? They might have thought a carbon reduction scheme was the No. 1 Green priority, or an end to logging. But it is euthanasia. Brown didn't run as the head of the euthanasia party. But that is the effect of making this his No. 1 priority.

The Greens have a funny attitude to people. They care about them, of course, but they worry there are too many of them and that this will choke the environment. They say we need a "sustainable relationship between humans and the environment", which involves a lot more birth control and a lot less use of natural resources.

The Greens are the only party committed to abortion on demand. The others leave it to each MP to decide how to vote on abortion. Labor has members with differing views, as do the Liberals. Not the Greens. They have a party position spelt out in their platform.

It might be easier to die if the Greens have their way but they also want taxes levied on the estate of people who have died. Any other party that proposed to liberalise death laws and tax the dead would be accused of a revenue grab. But not the Greens.

They do not particularly target taxes at the dead; they target the living as well, with proposals for tax rises in superannuation, capital gains, car use, electricity prices and companies. Bob Brown could have campaigned as the head of the tax party, because that also is the effect of his policies.

Labor can govern only with the support of Adam Bandt, the newly elected Green in the seat of Melbourne. The Greens will have the balance of power in the new Senate. Now that they exercise such power they are entitled to more scrutiny.

Imagine taking a journey from the GPO to the state border. The Green vote is highest where you start - in the inner-city terraces and converted warehouses. In the seat of Melbourne, the Greens polled 36 per cent and in the seat of Sydney 24 per cent.

As you move out to the quarter-acre blocks in the suburbs, the Green vote declines. When you get to semi-rural and country areas it falls further. In Gippsland in Victoria it is 7 per cent and in Parkes in NSW 6 per cent.

As you take that journey, you will notice that families live in the suburbs where it is cheaper to buy a house with a garden for the children. They do not see their children as a threat to ecological sustainability but as their greatest contribution to society.

If you travelled on a Sunday you would notice, as you moved out from the inner city to the outer suburbs, that the church services attract bigger crowds. Conventional religious belief is stronger. This explains why these electorates do not warm to the Green agenda of euthanasia, abortion, gay marriage and adoption.

The fascinating thing about Green supporters is that their natural habitat is not the open spaces or the pristine forests but the crowded cafes and asphalt alleys of high-density, inner-city living.

Of course the inner-city areas were the traditional fiefdom of the political left. They still are. But the political left has found that marketing itself under the label "Green" has much better appeal, which is how Lee Rhiannon was elected as a senator for NSW.

She grew up as part of Sydney's first family of communism and followed her parents into the party. Her chances of being elected as a communist senator were zero but she has done well under the Greens banner.

Adam Bandt was an undergraduate and postgraduate scholar of Marxism. In another age he would have journeyed through the union movement to a Labor pre-selection. Now these activists turn "Green" and they are taking the inner cities with them.

But they are also taking a lot of support from people who think that Green is a description of environmental policies. It is much more than that. It is a clever marketing label. Beyond the label is a fully formed agenda of radical positions on tax, economics and foreign affairs. It pays to look carefully before buying the product.

Peter Costello is a former Liberal federal treasurer.

Swan Lake

as performed by the Great Chinese State Circus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sMc-p19FIk&

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