Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Well, week one and a couple of days.
A couple of upgrades await at the new site, including a daring innovation I call a “blogroll”, which lists other sites of interest. It should be added today. Also, moderation has been made speedier - although evidently not speedy enough for many PSRs (previous site readers). Apologies for that, but Australian libel laws are ******* ******* ridiculous and require that each comment be viewed before publication. Incidentally, naughty words will be ******* cut or edited, so don’t ******* use them. And editing the ******* things takes time, which causes delays, which adds to concerns about moderation not being ******* speedy enough.
(Not that many comments have required editing or cutting. Stunningly few, in fact. And the numerous lefties who’ve endlessly complained about being banned here and who vowed to show up in number at the new site simply haven’t appeared. Wimps.)
By the way, your moderators at the new site are Tran and Nkomo, two hard-working young immigrants keen to make careers for themselves in the lucrative Australian moderation caper. A live-and-let-live type of guy, Nkomo is inclined to let even the most contentious comments through. He doesn’t have issues with anybody, God bless him. Nkomo is a Libran who lists cricket and peace as his major interests.
But Tran is absolutely terrifying. The other day, down in the moderation pit, he got into a fight with one of Joe Hildebrand’s nightshift moderators over possessive apostrophes. The ambulance guys said they’d never before seen such elaborate knife wounds.
Thing is, Tran was armed only with a thesaurus. Sharpened, admittedly, but still just a thesaurus.
Treat both of them well. And treat Tran with extreme caution.
Now head on over to the new site.
Monday, May 12, 2008
All suggestions/comments/criticism taken on board. Moderation (unavoidable at a mainstream site) will be made speedier. Solutions will be found. Justice will be delivered!
Remember, we’re only 24 hours or so into this. Don’t fear the newness. Only a few years ago my site had no comments facility at all; I used to get slammed for that, too. And later for allowing too many comments. Now, for not posting comments quickly enough ...
We’ll sort things out. Might take a little while, but still.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Adjust your bookmarks, people. We’ve shifted over here.
The new site - the shiny new Daily Telegraph site - is only an hour or so old as I write and very much a work in progress. No links yet to other blogs, nor do I have any idea how comments are meant to happen. Give it (and me) a few days.
Massive thanks are owed to Florida’s Andrea Harris, who patiently and expertly hosted me for five years and who during that time became something of a cult figure in Australia. It took the might of News Corporation to lure me away, Andrea.
Now - to the future!
BIG LOSERS STILL BIG LOSERS
Global warming continues losing heat, reports the Independent’s Andrew Grice:
Gordon Brown, Ken Livingstone and 300 Labour councillors were not the only casualties of the local and London elections. No one seems to have noticed, but the other big losers were those people who care about the environment.
We might just look back on May Day 2008 as the moment when the power of green politics peaked and went into reverse. I hope I’m wrong, but I doubt it. The reaction of the two main parties to the elections was instructive ...
Mr Brown was not alone in relegating the environment to the back burner. David Cameron, the wind in his sails after the elections, held a prime ministerial press conference in which he set out his priorities for government. Significantly, the words “environment” and “climate change” did not appear in his 1,200-word statement.
Treasurer Wayne Swan will unveil an ambitious $2.3 billion climate change program in Tuesday’s budget.
Also in Tuesday’s budget: Swan’s measures to combat scrimshaw piracy, cribbage addiction and pet rock abuse.
GLOBAL CHEF WANTS LOCAL FOOD
Sweary chef Gordon Ramsay is just as bossy off camera:
Mr Ramsay said he had already spoken to Prime Minister Gordon Brown about outlawing out-of-season produce.
When winter asparagus is outlawed, only outlaws will have winter asparagus.
He says it would cut carbon emissions as less food would be imported and also lead to improved standards of cooking.
Here’s another idea: stop importing foreign television programs.
The TV chef said it was “fundamentally important” for chefs to provide locally-sourced food.
The same presumably applies to locally-sourced television. Ramsay’s UK-sourced program is shown in Australia, the US, Canada ...
“I don’t want to see asparagus on in the middle of December. I don’t want to see strawberries from Kenya in the middle of March. I want to see it home grown.”
Ramsay owns a Ferrari; a curious choice for an apparent anti-globalist.
“There should be stringent laws, licensing laws, to make sure produce is only used in season and season only,” he said.
The Green Team’s final tip is just for you, Gordon.
“If we don’t restrict our movements within this industry of seasonal-produce only, then the whole thing will spiral out of control.”
Strawberries in March. Why, it’s absolute chaos!
UPDATE. Ramsay is a food fraud:
[Gordon Ramsay] fails quite brazenly to practise what he preaches in his own restaurants, which serve food from thousands of miles away.
UPDATE. And Canberra is more boring than Adelaide.
Friday, May 09, 2008
You know, Port Phillip Bay could really do with some dredging.
THE REFFOS RUDD REJECTS
In accordance with Labor tradition:
The Rudd Government is rejecting asylum seeker applications at a higher rate than the Howard government, according to an analysis of new figures.
An Asylum Seeker Research Centre report says the immigration department has knocked back 41 of the 42 cases it has had referred to it since Labor took power after the November 2007 election, a rejection rate of 97.6 per cent.
Time for Phillip Adams to start another reader campaign.
GOOD NEWS FOR ALL
Thursday, May 08, 2008
PITY THE FUEL
November 2007. Kevin Rudd is worried about the cost of petrol:
Rising food and petrol prices, coupled with recent interest rate rises, were putting extraordinary pressures on families, he said.
“The playback that I get from communities across the country is that families are under real financial pressure,” he said.
May 2008. That pressure will increase, thanks to Kevin Rudd:
An emissions trading scheme is likely to increase petrol prices by about 10 cents a litre ...
Michael Rittenhouse recalls his Third World honeymoon. Take this as a cue to describe your own Third World travels (or honeymoon; whichever was more dangerous).
BAD SHOES NOW GOOD
Nike tops list of climate-friendly companies
UPDATE. Too much climate friendliness! Global cooling is now a flight-safety hazard.
UPDATE II. Rating the airborne celebrity hypocrites.
UPDATE III. Ground-level cool fuel tales from Mike H.:
As a long haul driver in the US I can remember driving through Montana during the winter about ten years ago in -80° F weather. In order to heat the cab of the truck I would put the heater controls on cab heat and watch the windows frost up. Then I would put the controls on window defrost and start freezing my feet. There wasn’t enough heat in the diesel engine to do both jobs at the same time.
I passed a truck on the side of the road that had his fuel jelled and he had to walk a half of a mile to get some alcohol to melt the wax. Fortunately the truck stop in Billings was a balmy -60° F because all the trucks had their engines running, so I was able to sleep without becoming a carbon popsicle. In temperatures like that diesel engines can become so cool that they’ll stop because the compression temp. is too cool for combustion.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Jock Paull, of TISM and Blind Lemon Chicken, has died at 50.
ENFORCEMENT BRANCH STRIKES
Kyoto trouble in Kyanada:
Canada will be probed on suspicion of violating rules for registering greenhouse gases that are the mainstay of a UN-led fight against global warming, official documents show.
Ottawa could be suspended from rights to trade carbon dioxide if found to be in breach of the rules by the enforcement branch of the UN’s Kyoto Protocol. Greece was suspended last month, the first nation to face such a sanction under Kyoto.
Labour’s new green targets will cost every family in Britain more than £3,000, a Government dossier has warned. The decision by ministers to sign up to “unachievable” EU pledges on renewable energy will leave taxpayers with a £75billion bill.