2014.09.09 No-Risk Capitalism
We lock them up, they die, but "it's not our fault".
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Word of the week
To die, as in don't tell the kids the budgie carked it. The origin is uncertain. Perhaps it is a play on the standard English word croak 'to die', or it may be a shortening of carcass. Cark it also means 'to fail or break down completely': my blender's carked it."(from ANU)
RIPs, Resting Pieces, People what carked this week
Kira Zvorykina, 94, Soviet-born Belarusian chess player, triple national champion (1960, 1973, 1975)
Ron Mulock, 84, Australian politician, Deputy Premier of New South Wales (1984-1988)
Harry Evans. The former Senate Clerk of the Australian Senate.
First crash investigation report on MH17 out today.
The Game and Coal
Jamie Packer. Say no more.
This is what 50 tonnes of Ammonium Nitrate looks like when it explodes. Big badda boom!
Pyne, Abbott, Ashby, Slipper, Brough
@JulianBurnside: "Morrison rejects asylum seeker negligence claim http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-05/scott-morrison-reject-negligence--hamid-kehazaei-manus-island/5721848 We lock them up, they die, but "it's not our fault". Seriously?"
Senator Sue Lines was happy to comment, though. Almost alone among her Labor colleagues she had the courage to call Abbott's pompous bluster for what it is, a desperate diversion. She didn't excuse or minimise the atrocities of IS. She didn't even argue against a military response. She merely pointed to the way the increasingly unpopular PM was using the prospects of military action as a shield against domestic criticism. She was, of course, traduced and belittled for it, by friend and foe alike. But she was right, and she was right to speak up. What she did took more courage than anything Abbott has yet done. She is the sort of politician who really protects her country. The Age 2014.09.05
China is turning reefs into islands. The Philippines says they are taking over the South China Sea through unilateral action.
India and uranium
Orwell Quote for the Week:
"All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting." - George Orwell
McCool didn't know about Godwins Law. Point and laugh at him.
Baseball, 100 years ago today.
(it's all mixed up, uh huh huh)