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Comment Re:And yet... (Score 1) 2987

How is this even remotely insightful?

Whilst I don't believe there are pat answers for the debate, comparing fatalities in school shootings with the totality of deaths in relation to lightening strikes, shark attacks, international or domestic terrorism, or just about any other death total within the United States, is just plain disingenuous.

Either compare those figures with the total deaths in relation to ALL shootings in the US, or start partialing out the number of deaths by lightening in school specific strikes, acts of international or domestic terrorism at school sites, or the number of times someone got munched by a shark in the school swimming pool or on a class day trip to the local water body.

Your comparative basis is fundamentally flawed.

Comment Not this crap again... (Score 1) 175

Comment Re:Not a new trick (Score 1) 447

More Fun.

Prowse was also in 'A Clockwork Orange', the seminal 1971 film, as 'Julian', the bodyguard to subversive writer F. Alexander (played by Patrick Magee). He was chosen for the role due to his physical prowess (he was a past weight lifting champion) - the role required him to lift Magee in a wheelchair and carry him down stairs, as well as look physically intimidating I guess.

Comment Hopefully it's just you... (Score 4, Insightful) 419

Given that Australia follows the Westminster system, and our government is a representative one (i.e. we all vote to choose our own electorate's representatives), then no Prime Minister is 'voted in' directly by us (well, unless you live in his electorate). The party with superior numbers in the Legislative Assembly has a leader it elects, and that party is invited by the Governor-General to form government. If the party elects a new leader, then they by definition are the elected Prime Minister.

And if you're suggesting that K. Rudd was any less beholden to the 'big, bad Unions' than J.Gillard, and secured his leadership solely with the aid of non-union aligned factions and a bit of magic pixie dust...

It's like complaining a vote for Liberal is a really vote for Corporate Swill-meisters: the power bases of the major political parties have been pretty much as is for all eternity.

I didn't vote for K. Rudd either, but all the best to Ms Gillard. Just please Julia, dump that dead arse Conroy and whatever wheelbarrow he pushes, tell Fielding to stick his poison apple support, and get on with the job.


NASA Astronomers To Observe Hayabusa's Fiery Homecoming 142

coondoggie writes "NASA said that a group of its astronomers will have a front row seat in Australia to watch the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa's high-speed, fiery return to Earth. It is bringing with it a hunk of the asteroid Itokawa. The spacecraft is expected to land in an unpopulated area of Australia at approximately midnight locally, or 7 am PDT, on Sunday, June 13. Some 30 NASA astronomers will be flying onboard a specially equipped DC-8 with instruments that can monitor Hayabusa's reentry."

Submission + - GM diet stunts growth and fertility in hamsters (thinq.co.uk) 1

Stoobalou writes: Just days after two leading scientists quit the UK's advisory body on food safety amid allegations of pro-GM bias, a study has suggested the consumption of genetically modified crops may pose major health risks.

Researchers at the Russian Academy of Sciences, led by Alexey Surov, have said that hamsters eating a diet of GM food stand a greater chance of developing problems with growth and reproduction.

Comment Re:give it a rest (Score 4, Informative) 117

Exactly right. This is Conroy chucking a hissy fit, attempting a vindictive and conceited payback for Google's accurate commentary re: his pet 'Filter OZ' project, and trying to leverage what remains of his crippled credibility to boost the same. The guy is so adolescent it's laughable. Please Conroy - just fuck off and die: that's seriously the best advice I can offer you.
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State Senator Caught Looking At Porn On Senate Floor 574

Everyone knows how boring a debate on a controversial abortion bill can get on the Senate floor. So it's no wonder that Florida State Sen. Mike Bennett took the time to look at a little porn and a video of a dog running out of the water and shaking itself off. From the article: "Ironically, as Bennett is viewing the material, you can hear a Senator Dan Gelber's voice in the background debating a controversial abortion bill. 'I'm against this bill,' said Gelber, 'because it disrespects too many women in the state of Florida.' Bennett defended his actions, telling Sunshine State News it was an email sent to him by a woman 'who happens to be a former court administrator.'"

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