Damian

Damian

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    That's kind of the other approach to limits of knowledge. And that’s totally fair enough. But it’s also “this is as much as we know, and as far as we can reasonably find out it’s as much as anyone...
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    I’d argue that examples of its use in good faith that exist but might still be problematic. “Almost all the Catholics that I know of support the IRA”. Whatever the context, it immediately reduces the weight of the statement that...
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    I had to come back and address this briefly due to the rampant misrepresentation: Of course, they are also terrible at government. In almost every case I know of where the Greens joined a government, they stuffed it up somehow,...
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    When people refer to the Greens with a definite article and a capital G, they are usually talking about a specific political party (capitalising the definite article emphasises this distinction even more). I’m not sure what you got from context...
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    You can't really pin that all on Beazley. Remember this is the Labor party that gave us the spectacle of Penny Wong* voting for Howard's nobbling of the Marriage Act** and Mark Latham*** as a serious alternative PM. Also the...
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    envisage a viable federal system, by including radical electoral reform I’m pretty sure this was a plot point in a Yes Prime Minister. Even the meddlesome independent recognised she had as much to lose as the major parties if...
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    Some of my neighbors have outdoor cats. I don't believe in it because it's not safe for them out there. Over here it’s mildly popular for people who really love their cats to completely enclose their yards, or a...
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    Bugger the proletariat - it would help a lot if the intelligensia had a say! *waves beer glass* Rah!...
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    The real problem, that nobody mentions, is that healthcare is essentially a bottomless money-pit. As the healthcare profession has solved problems, it continually targets new problems to try and solve. This is largely true, but it is another way of...
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    And it varies between states... FFS. If you live in either Queensland or Tasmania, your state government has you covered Well of course it does: health services are provided at the state level. There is a sort of harmoinisation of...
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    Orbit may be too high for visibility and spectacle. But dirigibles per Graydon’s graph could work. Using methane as a lifting gas, positioned close enough that one going off will set off the next. HF is lighter than air too,...
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    Because sadly I needed to actually poke the hardware, repeatedly, in order to find and fix the latest bug Cool bananas. I’ve been technically unemployed since the end of April, as the unsinkable toxic project I was working on...
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    I keep hearing horrible things about Australian construction. It seems an odd thing for the country to not be good at; don't people who write building codes have homes themselves? Nah, you’re seeing people complaining about specific things and...
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    (replying to myself: it occurred to me that this is once again not directed entirely fairly by responding to David L. David, where I say “if you do this or that” above, I’m not literally meaning you, it’s a figure...
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    Yeah - there’s a lot to be said for an editorial policy to offend everyone....
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    Charlie: “impartial non-partisan” David L: No such thing. This isn’t really true. It has been claimed that facts are partisan. But that’s only true when one (or more) partisan group declares anything that isn’t biased towards them as biased against...
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    We are definitely over the first peak for deaths It sure looks like it and those are encouraging numbers. Fingers crossed that it isn’t 1918 again. It occurs to me that there is now enough data to do 3-week...
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    Not quite universal. From memory most of the Scandinavian countries got theirs in the 60s and 70s. Australia tried under a Labor govt in the late 40s, failed, tried again next time there was a Labor govt in the early...
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    There are probably websites for that, since lawyers appearing before a new judge for the first time always want to come up to speed on their history pretty quickly. Otherwise you are left with reading law reports, which are not...
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    Quite so - my remarks relate to an incident where S.M.Stirling himself turned up on the comments thread of an Australian author's blog. Clumsy thinker, lots of assumptions, holds tenaciously onto the egregiously wrong-headed "objecting to one ideological position automatically...
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    I’m a bit confused - I did mean S.M.Stirling, and I was sure I’d written Stirling with an I. Maybe you mean that it’s incorrect to omit the leading initials? I haven’t read any of Draka, but when referred to...
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    Having come across Stirling in another blog, I don’t rate his opinion on any subject highly. But that might be a context thing, I haven’t read his stuff and probably never will....
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    Our Commander in Chief is ... Her Majesty Yes, however this power is actually handled by “The Queen in Council” which is how we refer to Cabinet. In Australia, this is “The Governor in Council” at state level or...
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    Yeah Ibises are amazing and graceful birds. But they are also wetlands-foragers and when the wetlands are replaced by an urban environment, they become scavengers hence the “bin chicken” description in much of Oz. While most people in Oz would...
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    This is a Separation of Powers question. It actually goes both ways here. In theory the US system has a stronger separation between the executive and the legislature. With the Westminster system, you have to form the executive from the...
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    Where we are in Brisvegas, there is quite a bit of old growth forest within 5km or so, though the main feature affecting our birdiness is the golf course a couple of hundred metres away. We get all the usual,...
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    I first saw it in the 80s. It was on as the second part of a double feature at the cinema in a community arts centre in Brisbane, though I think we hadn’t realised it was a double feature. The...
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    “Actually the engines are programmed in LISP, which is why there are so many crew in the engineering space all the time: their job is to count and double check parentheses...”...
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    could easily have been written in 1930, or later. All the harmonies we mostly learned about in Jazz were already there in the mid-Romantics, just distributed a bit differently as they say. A lot of Schubert to Liszt could be...
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    Quite a bit of the Schubert collection of Lieder is also amenable to the rock band treatment, consider ‘Der Erlkönig’....
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