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Thursday, January 31, 2008

TRUTH INCONVENIENT

Looks like Al Gore musta been spendin’ all his money on them fancy bold tags or somethin’:

Al Gore’s Current TV, a “youth-oriented news company,” is filing for a $100 million dollar public offering. Which means we all get to find out that apparently Gore’s little tv station has been lying about its profitability for three solid years.

Fast Company, NewTeeVee, the New York Times, and BusinessWeek all repeated claims by Current reps that the company was profitable. Turns out, not so much.

“The youth-oriented news company had a net loss of $9.8 million in 2007, based on revenue of $63.8 million. It lost $7.6 million in 2006 and $14.3 million in 2005. Altogether, Current had $36.5 million in debts as of the end of last year.” Why, Al? Why do you continue to lie to us?

Hey, take it easy on the old guy. Let’s see what he has to say about the latest warmening science first.

(Via ioxymoron)

Posted by Tim B. on 01/31/2008 at 09:45 AM
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CANCER HAS RIGHTS

Leftist bloggers have been extremely kind and encouraging in comments about my illness. A few who weren’t seemed to be struggling with issues beyond politics, so it would unfair to claim them as representative of broader left-based feelings. Allow me to present just one example, a chap who calls himself Gandhi, here quoting Tony Snow:

Tony Snow writes to fellow wingnut cancer patient Tim Blair:

“Keep your spirits up, your attitude aggressive and positive. We live in an age of miracles, and researchers are finding new treatments every day.

“At any rate, I’m one of many thinking of and praying for you. If you need to bounce things off a fellow cancer patient, don’t be shy. But in any event, fight - and enjoy every moment!”

Sounds like a familiar attitude ...

His emphasis throughout. Apparently we aren’t even allowed to fight cancer.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/31/2008 at 09:41 AM
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PADDY MCGUINNESS

Padraic Pearse McGuinness, whose funeral will be held today in Sydney, was an advice- and absinthe-dispensing friend of this site, which never reduced my anxiety when in his company. I was always worried I’d bore him. Paddy had a low tolerance for dullness.

For that reason, he’d probably get a kick out of Paul Keating’s insane rage (if not the content of Keating’s piece, which is dull + pompous x psychologically wretched). Keating has probably crossed a line here, which would matter if he mattered. As it stands, even his closest supporters must by now be wishing he’d just shut up.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/31/2008 at 09:33 AM
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DEADLY AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE, PART CXLVI

Fearless rail correspondent Herbie spots a rare Sydney Trainbird in its pristine native habitat:
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Pecking its way through alloy undergrowth, the Trainbird seeks an assault perch:
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An attack is now only seconds away:
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Posted by Tim B. on 01/31/2008 at 07:05 AM
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OLD WORLD COVERED

Snow means peace in Baghdad ... and also in Ramallah:

Men in long Arab robes pelted each other with snowballs in the Jordanian capital, Amman, and the West Bank city of Ramallah, seat of the Palestinian government, came to a standstill.

“I’m originally from Gaza where snow never falls,” said Bothaina Smairi, 28, who was out in Ramallah taking photographs. “The white snow is covering the old world and I feel like I am in a new world where everything is white, clean, and beautiful.”

All those years of conflict ... and the place only ever needed just a little global coolening. There’s plenty to go around.

(Via an gus)

Posted by Tim B. on 01/31/2008 at 06:56 AM
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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

DOCTORS DODGED

I’m out of hospital - now at home under the stern and watchful care of Nadia and my retired-nurse mother, shown here with her seemingly developmentally-delayed son (on seeing this shot, mum said: “Is he supposed to look like that?”)

About 40 staples were gently yanked yesterday afternoon; remaining dozens of stitches are the slowly self-dissolving kind. Pain and tiredness decreasing every day. Final column on the subject this Saturday in the Daily Telegraph, after which - solemn cancer-beater vow - I’ll return to writing about other people.

As always, massive thanks to all readers and emailers. Couldn’t have done it without you.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/30/2008 at 09:34 AM
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ECO SAMPLER

• Headline: Former Green candidate mistaken for vagrant. Mistaken?

• Obesity is worse than climate change! No; wait. Climate change is worse than obesity!

• Ice will kill you. Just as well it’s all melting, then.

• Warmening is coral’s greatest threat. But water works faster.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/30/2008 at 08:01 AM
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Monday, January 28, 2008

LEFTISTS ATTEMPT SOMETHING

A reminder of 1980s commie optimism from David Thompson.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/28/2008 at 08:22 PM
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Sunday, January 27, 2008

THEY SAVED THE ARM

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Further news from the recovery front shortly. All is going very well.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/27/2008 at 04:41 AM
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Saturday, January 19, 2008

BACK SOON

I’m out of here for a time. Deepest thanks to readers, friends, News Ltd mates and fellow journalists who wrote, emailed, phoned, left messages, and posted their prayers and support. You’ve helped me through a tough week; hell, you softened that week right up into a fine weeky paste. That week got beat on hard.

See you soon, and no prying through my collection of antique bold tags while I’m out. I’ll know.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/19/2008 at 01:34 PM
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SUNDANCE COOLS

2006:

Al Gore Does Sundance ... Promoting Film, He Calls Global Warming A ‘Planetary Emergency’

2008:

For most of the Sundance Film Festival’s first day all anyone was talking about was the weather. By common consensus this is the coldest Sundance has ever been.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/19/2008 at 12:31 PM
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OPEN THREADENING

Take it from here, folks.

Admin Announcement: okay, people, the sick little creature that signed up using “Gazza” something and as the fake “Real JeffS” has been banned and all of his comments have been deleted. I’ve turned off registration, which was opened as a favor to people who wanted to leave Tim messages of encouragement, not as an invitation to the anencephalic web-footed cretins who infest the internet to leave their diarrhea all over the place. “Gazza Logie” (email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), feel free to contact him with messages of support) can return to his favorite furry porn* sites. (Update: I also removed the fake “Thin Man Returns” ID—email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).)

*Not Safe For Work—or anything else, actually.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/19/2008 at 11:37 AM
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PLANET, SANITY SAVED

A secretive correspondent emails:

“Please keep my name off this (seriously), as I don’t want to give a heads-up of my future plans to any distant friends or family members.

“The WSJ today reports: ‘Sev and Nina Williams are swearing off flights and long drives in 2008—which will mean missing Ms. Williams’s sister’s September wedding in Spain.’

“What a great excuse. No longer will I need to fabricate a rationale to avoid pain-in-the-arse events I have no desire to attend. When an RSVP is required, I’m going to reply: ‘Sorry, but I’ve gone green.’”

Posted by Tim B. on 01/19/2008 at 11:21 AM
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POULTRY AND CHICKEN OFFSETS

When Australia’s carbon offset industry collapses, I suggest we move into the lucrative chicken feet export market.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/19/2008 at 05:13 AM
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Friday, January 18, 2008

THIRD TEST

Australia is pursuing 413 runs against India for a victory that would arguably rank above Bellerive in 1999 and last year’s Second Ashes Test.

Currently 2/65, requiring another 348. Batsmen out: Chris Rogers and Phil Jaques. At bat: Ricky Ponting (24) and Mike Hussey (5).

UPDATE. India bowling well, but no breakthrough. Australia 2/100 - Ponting 38, Hussey 21.

UPDATE II. Ponting out, caught off unplayable Sharma for 45. Australia 3/117. New batsman: Michael Clarke.

UPDATE III. Lunch. Australia 3/142. Hussey 39, Clarke 11.

UPDATE IV. Hussey unlucky to be out lbw for 46. Australia 4/159. Andrew Symonds in with match tilting India’s way.

UPDATE V. Symonds belts a six then out lbw for despite inside edge. Australia 5/177. Adam Gilchrist in. Clarke looking composed - now 33.

UPDATE VI. Halfway there, with half our wickets gone: 5/208.

UPDATE VII. Clarke’s 50 off 88 deliveries (playing Kumble very late); Gilchrist calmly to 15; target now below 200.

UPDATE VIII. Disaster! Gilchrist out sweeping part-timer Sehwag (average: 48.21). Innings of his life required from Brett Lee. Australia 6/227.

UPDATE IX. Another wicket to Sehwag - Lee gone for 0. Mitchell Johnson carries the hopes of a nation. Australia 7/243 at tea; Clarke 73.

UPDATE X. Michael Clarke tricked in flight by Kumble, stumped for 81. Johnson joined by Stuart Clark. Only 158 runs to get, lads. Heads down.

UPDATE XI. Painkiller-induced hallucinations kicking in; either that, or Stuart Clark really is pulling fast bowlers ahead of square and Mitchell Johnson is smashing Kumble for successive fours. And now Johnson is bowled - off a no-ball! Australia 8/290.

UPDATE XII. Fifty partnership (in just eight overs) between Johnson and Clark. Australia 8/303.

UPDATE XIII. Johnson’s 40 is his highest Test score. Clark (21) is seven shy of his best. Fewer than 100 runs remain. Australia 8/314.

UPDATE XIV. Clark out swinging for 31; 87 to win. Shaun Tait in.

UPDATE XV. A Test 50 to Mitchell Johnson. Australia 9/339.

UPDATE XVI. Tait bowled. India deservedly wins by 73 runs, although unseemly celebrations at game’s end - several players were waving flags, in the manner of rabid nationalists - will require captain Anil Kumble to be sacked

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UPDATE XVII. Peter Roebuck need only lightly rewrite his January 7 column to cover today’s events. Rewrite follows:

Symonds found himself facing Anil Kumble. Beyond argument Symonds’ was the crucial wicket. Although not exactly an immovable object, he looked solid enough to save his side.

Then came the moment that compromised all subsequent events, rendering meaningless the continuation of India’s existence as a nation. Symonds swung his bat at a straight delivery. The ball clearly nicked the bat before hitting the pad. Anil Kumble and his comrades immediately roared a raucous appeal. Kumble was especially animated.

Doubtless the fieldsmen heard two noises, as canvas and wood make different sounds, a fact known to every cricketer. That the bat struck the ball was surely more obvious from the bowler’s view. Doubtless the Indians will argue that excesses of this sort are commonplace elsewhere.

If the appeal was bad, the decision was worse. A mild-natured and intelligent man, Symonds departed shaking his head slowly as the Indians celebrated. Instead they should have been fearing the damage done to their reputations.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/18/2008 at 10:36 PM
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