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Apr 7, 2012

Easter weekend open thread

Sorry, our plan to do an Easter weekend open thread died yesterday for some reason, and it's only now that we're reviving it - just in time for Easter morning. Anyway, here it is. En



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  1. Hegemaniac

    This is AWESOME (not DRAWSOME)

    “Low-Effort” thinkers and being drunk makes you more conservative. I always suspected that Andrew Bolt was a lazy thinker and now there’s proof.


  2. Angra

    marilyn – there IS a Thomson story because Ming’s Miinions tell us there must be one.

    The ‘story’ makes the news, not the other way around. (McLuhan etc)

    What was is Alexander Pope said? Or maybe Paul Simon?

    “A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest…”

  3. mr. peabody


    I went over to the Amazon site and posted a positive comment about Anita Heiss and pointed out that just about all the other comments were part of a troll attack.

    Guess what? After 12 or so abusive replies to my post, the post with all its relies was removed. I assume that Andy’s minions all clicked on the report abuse button to get it removed.

    I wonder what Andy with say about that attack on my freedom speech?

    I’ve email Amazon to find out what happened. When I get a response I’ll let Andy know all about it.

  4. shepherdmarilyn

    How does Shanahan think you can pork barrel a nationwide project though? He lives in his fairytale land of delusions doesn’t he?

    And there is no Thomson story. There is one nutcase in the HSU determined to destroy it unless she gets her own way and the media are so frigging dumb they still don’t understand that she is a nutcase.

  5. Matthew of Canberra

    Amazon is the next target:

    Can Amazon be stopped from answering Heiss’s question?

    Nor may you safely say no to Heiss, not publicly, if you live in Australia.

    But the United States, unlike Australia, has a constitutional protection of free speech – and a cultural predisposition towards it.

    So it will be interesting to see what Heiss, her publisher or her supporters will do to stop the US-based Amazon site from publishing the kind of comments that have been removed in Australia by the ABC and Random House.

    (Apologies, but I am obliged not to publish comments. Note: I am not trying to incite anyone into attacking Heiss’s book. She is entitled to express her point of view. I am simply pointing out that I am not entitled to express my own, and nor is anyone of like mind who disagrees with Heiss. This is not a hate-Heiss session, but a protest against limits to free speech in debating an issue I believe is of significant public importance.)

    Not trying to incite anyone. Is that one of those “merely formal exculpatory devices”?

    It’s just thuggish mob behavior, it seems to me. Andy’s got a gang, and they do his dirty work.

  6. calyptorhynchus

    Over at the ABC the three top articles listed on the main page for the Drum remained struck over there weekend as they always do. So how come they were all Christian pieces? Why couldn’t we have had at least one piece pointing out that the Romans executed a lot of Jewish leaders in the first century CE, but it’s unlikely any of them were resurrected?

  7. Phil Vee

    9th April Monday at 10:46am Andrew Bolt let us all know we can go to amazon.com and leave more messages condemning Anita Heiss’ book, “Am i Black Enough For You?”. Well, OK he didn’t actually say that. Here is what he actually said:

    So it will be interesting to see what Heiss, her publisher or her supporters will do to stop the US-based Amazon site from publishing the kind of comments that have been removed in Australia by the ABC and Random House.
    (Apologies, but I am obliged not to publish comments. Note: I am not trying to incite anyone into attacking Heiss’s book. She is entitled to express her point of view. I am simply pointing out that I am not entitled to express my own….. etc

    For the record there are 13 comments on Amazon at 10:55am today, nine minutes after Bolt’s post. All of them are negative and curiously all of them 100% helpful. Never have I seen such a thing. Two are dated 6th April, one dated 7th and ten dated 8th April.
    On Amazon time there are still 5 or 6 hours left in Sunday 8th April so it will indeed be interesting to see if Andrew Bolt or his supporters continue to flood the site. The purpose of my post is establish a baseline for assessing his impact.


  8. AR

    Interesting that Deludingpill, like our dear, dire Blot, has an, apparently, huge squad of flying monkeys – Delingpoodles – presumably a function of the UK’s larger population of wankers but with scarcely a syllable or letter difference in the views (from the bunkum bunker).

  9. Ronson Dalby

    “* NBN not a good look when you lay an electoral map over the roll-out map as it appears obvious it is for the Labor election campaign.”

    I wonder what map Shanahan is looking at. Sen Conroy has stated that the planned NBN roll-out for the next three years has an equal number of ALP/LP-NP electorates.

  10. Phil Vee

    Dennis Shanahan is back and sounding normal again. He was on the radio Saturday (2UE Sydney) talking Federal politics. I present his direct quotes to you just so you can tell he is back to “normal”.
    He starts off having $20 each way, invents a biased NBN rollout, bemoans the current intensity and polarised attitudes in politics and then predicts a leadership spill in December.

    to be precise…….
    * Thomson looks like a cover up even if it isn’t. Looks bad, looks smelly even if it isn’t.
    * NBN not a good look when you lay an electoral map over the roll-out map as it appears obvious it is for the Labor election campaign.

    * From 1974 to 2012 I have not seen such intensity in politics and the polarised attitudes are new and they come from the waste and disasters.

    * Labor Ministers and MPs are telling me that December is the time for a leadership spill/challenge.

    There is lots more but that will do. Cutting deep into the big issues of the day is our Dennis.

  11. Adam Rope

    Jo Nova – I go to her site occasionally to have a laugh – is spruiking another of those Brit climate change deniers doing a tour of Australia, apparently being promoted by those nice free thinkers, the IPA.


    “Delingpole is devastating. His disarming honesty, outrageous anecdotes and wide ranging research makes for an ripping read that combines politics, science, money in ways only Delingpole can. His quips paralyze the most excessively pious and drown pomposity with cold common sense.”

    This is of course the same Delingpole who was somewhat embarrassed by the BBC Horizon documentary “Science Under Attack”.

    You can see Delingpole in action at these various sites.


    Yes, Jo, honesty and “wide-ranging research” from a man who “explains that he never reads peer-reviewed scientific literature on the subject of global warming because “it’s not my job”.”


  12. zoot

    MOC @8: “Violent” or “aggressive” would be far preferable to “troubled”. And more accurate, since it appears to be his anger that causes his troubles.

  13. Matthew of Canberra

    This is wrong.


    Troubled actor Matthew Newton has been arrested and charged in the United States after allegedly resisting police and trespassing on property in Miami.

    No, he’s not “troubled”. He’s a berk. He might have “issues” but let’s all stop making it sound romantic and cool please. And while we’re there I think we should stop making drug and alcohol related deaths cool by talking about “battling demons”.

    I don’t actually have an opinion on what newton might or might not do. I don’t actually care, and if he’s really in florida for treatment then he’s clearly got resources to be throwing at the problem. I’d just rather that the coverage be a bit less gauzy.

  14. Jeremy Sear

    Just FTR – a story on the main news.com.au page this morning ABOUT PEOPLE CHEATING IN DRAW SOMETHING. Seriously.

  15. Fran Barlow

    Jesus died that we may eat of the chocolate rabbit and its near relative, the Easter Bun. Don’t you know anything of religion Jeremy? Jesus will get all cross.

  16. Angra

    Some wierd stuff for Easter.

    What’s this?


  17. Indiana Jones

    You’re welcome Angra :D. And btw, you won’t hurt the speakers any unless, as for any speaker, you turn the volume up to 11 and keep it there. You are much more likely to hurt the amp by getting the impedance matching wrong. Effectively, getting that wrong means you will have to turn the amp up further to get the same volume from the speakers.

    Have fun!

  18. Matthew of Canberra

    This week’s On The Media’s up:


    I’m just reading the transcript of a speech that obama gave at the “american society of newspaper editors”. It’s a remarkable speech – no fluff, just straight to the point. And it’s clearly setting up for the next election, pointing out things that people have forgotten in all the noise, talking about the economy, the importance of a free market, the reasons for the debt and so on. He also lays out a bunch of successful “big government” measures supported by previous GOP presidents.

    And it’s been largely buried. The oz ran an opinion piece about it, but otherwise the coverage in australia has been confined to Sky. Nobody else noticed. In the US, coverage has been amazingly slim – even PJM hasn’t touched it – and I would have thought they’d leap at a chance to attack something that obama says, even if they have to make @#$! up to do it.

    It’s a ripper – have a read:


    Yep. I agree with that guy. He gets it.

  19. Angra

    Thanks Indiana – most helpful.

    Think I better leave the 4 ohm oldies on their own. They are Tandberg system 15’s from 1968 – now considered quite classic, and I don’t want to risk hurting them. They used to blow the socks off the neighbours with an old 15 watt valve amp (sadly now gone to the great audio workshop in the sky). They are also only rated for 30 watts max.

  20. Indiana Jones

    Cross posted from the weekly thread for ANGRA:

    @ ANGRA (90)
    Yes, depending on the specs of the amp. The impedance (read ohmage) of the speakers has very little to do with how much power can go through the speakers, it is more about what the amp is ‘expecting’ (ie designed) to see. The output impedance of the amp should match the impedance of the speakers, whatever that value is. Usually 4 or 8 ohms. Many amps can quite happily handle either, or even a 4 ohm speaker on one output and an 8 ohm speaker on the other, but it will be better if you get it right.

    You can turn 2 x 8 ohm speakers into a 4 ohm output if you hook them up in parallel, or you can turn 2 x 4 ohm speakers into an 8 ohm output if you hook them up in series. Be careful though. As I’m sure you realise, sound from speakers is generated by making the speaker cones vibrate. If you get the polarity wrong, one speaker cone will be going ‘in’ whilst the other one will be going ‘out’. That won’t hurt anything, but it sounds crap, particularly sub woofers.

    Hooking up in parallel (turning 2 x 8 ohm speakers into a 4 ohm output) is: Red from amp to red on both speakers, black from amp to black on both speakers. You will have 4 wires going to that amp output instead of the usual 2.

    Hooking up in series (turning 2 x 4 ohm speakers into an 8 ohm output) is: Red from amp going to red on speaker one (either one), black from speaker 1 to red on speaker 2 (the other one), and black from speaker 2 to black on the amp output.

    I hope that helps!