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Open letter on the Border Force Act: 'We challenge the department to prosecute'
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Why is the best political commentary satirical?

In Australia I suspect it's because biting irony, such as in this piece from New Matilda, is the only thing that keeps coverage of the sorry state of Australian politics and the nation's depressingly parochial and ill-informed popular sentiment bearable. In the US the likes of Jon Stewart and Jon Oliver are masters of insightful satire, and it seems that many Australians are now deciding that it's better to laugh than cry too.
Turns out that inside every storm in every teacup lies a cloud with a silver lining. I am, of course, referring to yesterday’s news that Kevin Andrews, the Minister for Obedient Hair and Defence, announced that he would be boycotting the ABC’s favourite faux left-wing program, Q&A. “I was asked to go on next Monday evening and I said that I wouldn’t. I thought I should take a stand in this instance,” Andrews told media. I think I speak on behalf ...
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Means testing public education!?

Could such damaging possibilities really be considered by Australia's Coalition Government!? 
The Federal Opposition hits out at a reported Government proposal to make some parents pay to send their children to public schools.
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Is this really more advisable than removing subsidy from church schools? Fuck no. That's why Abbott and co are heading in that direction. I propose Abbott's Law: work out the most rational, workable plan, and then pick its exact opposite.
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Our Milky Way Galaxy arcs over a desolate landscape in this fantastic panoramic night skyview. The otherworldly scene looks across the arid, eroded terrain of the Valle de la Luna in the Chilean Atacama desert. Just along the horizon are lights from San Pedro, Chile, as well as the small villages of Socaire and Toconao, and a torturous winding road from the city of Calama to San Pedro. Taken on October 18th, the five panel mosaic also features the four galaxies easily visible from our fair planet's dark sky regions. At the far left, satellite galaxies known as the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds are framed by their terrestrial namesakes. Much fainter and at the right, beyond the Milky Way's central bulge, is the Andromeda Galaxy. The most distant in view, Andromeda lies some 2.5 million light-years away.
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Good question +G. Michael Williams.
I suspect "politics and business principles" are much more likely to do it in the short term, at least. ;)
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Thanks Castlemaine for Supporting Our Nepal Fundraiser

Thanks to all who helped make Saturday night's fundraising dinner for Nepal such a great success. The people of Castlemaine and district demonstrated their generosity and enthusiasm for lending hand to the victims of Nepal's disastrous earthquake.

We expected 60 for the 3 course Nepalese dinner and ended up having to turn people away when numbers exceeded 80. Donations are still arriving and our tally now stands at over $3,500. Here's a piece in the Bendigo Advertiser reporting on the event.
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Raising Caring Kids

Some great parenting (and teaching) tips from Harvard psychologist Richard Weissbourd in this piece by Amy Joyce.
Think your kids are being raised to be kind? Think again. A Harvard researcher and psychologist has 5 ways to train your child to be kind and empathetic.
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I disagree with the credit of kindness. These should be demanded from someone claiming to be a responsible adult. Raise children to be responsible adults, not happy children. We can't legislate out the consequences. 
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"Free Range Eggs!?"

It seems that the label "free range" means very little in Australia. Since voluntary codes aren't working it's time for some external regulation to ensure that reasonable standards are maintained.
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The Old City of Dubrovnik - what a photogenic city!

Couldn't stop taking photos! Here's a small sample from our family excursion to Croatia.

Amazing to think that this historic and beautiful place came under direct bombardment from Slobodan Milošević's Yugoslav Army offensive in 1991. Public relations wasn't one of Milošević's strengths, and the bombardment of this UNESCO World Heritage Site helped solidify international support for Croatia's independence.
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Looks like a Roman Galley could nip around the corner of the harbor at any moment.
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Unexpected view ...

... of our neighbours' courtyard from the third floor of our apartment near Montmartre - striking architecture and a quiet courtyard in a busy part of Paris.
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Today's breakfast in Johor Bahru

A well brewed cup of tea with unsweetened evaporated milk, a soft boiled egg and some kaya toast - hard to beat.
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Great food ! Loved the Beef Rantang.
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Some Handy Little Improvements to Charting ...

... and more in Google Spreadsheets.
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For those of us who keep chickens.
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I love this picture by John Thomas, after being raised to help prepare Sunday chicken dinners on a farm.  I think my karma met one of the hens who decided to come back as a rooster.  The discovery came being rooster bait as an adult caring for a neighbors well guarded hen house. My new survival measurement may be;  how fast I back up a ladder being pursued by a rooster, with an elephants RNA memory.
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Australian elearning pioneer - part entrepreneur, part teacher & part geek. Google Certified Teacher.
Australian elearning pioneer, teacher and entrepreneur. Founded Dataworks in 1985 - a company which grew to become Australia’s leading curriculum software publisher. Brought Australia’s best loved children’s characters to interactive format including The Wiggles, Bananas in Pyjamas, Hi-5, Play School and others. These award winning titles broke local sales records and were licensed for resale in more than 50 countries worldwide. Sold business in 2007 and moved to Victoria's Central Highlands. Focused on helping teachers, students and school communities make the most of the transformative potential of new technologies.
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