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  • technology | James Purser
    anymore Submitted by James Purser on Thu 09 06 2011 15 17 Okay let me just check something Yup we are living in the year 2011 as adjudged by the Christian Calender your religion based calender may differ People are at this very moment doing the following Tweeting Facebooking Youtubing Looking stuff up Paying bills Buying stuff Emailing people Chatting These activities have been part of the every day for

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  • Science, Nazis, Mandates, Freedom of Speech | James Purser
    remember that while some scientists supported Totalitarian regimes as did some priests some teachers some plumbers etc etc it was politicians who ran them Hitler was democratically elected and while soviet communism only supported one party people like Stalin Mao and Ho Chi Mihn had to politik just as hard to achieve and maintain their positions within the party Mandates I ve written about mandates before long long ago on a blog far far away but since I accidentally read a Paul Sheehan piece warning contains words assembled by Paul Sheehan on the recent debate of the NSW Governments new IR legislation I thought I would summarise it again Every single member of parliament has a mandate Their mandate is derived from the people who voted for them So while the Government has a bigger collection of mandates and hence a bigger voting block in the lower house the other parties have their own mandates to act as they see fit This means that while the Governments mandate is bigger they don t get and should not get carte blanch approval of all legislation Freedom of Speech While we re re iterating basic facts let s have a look at this piece on the recent adshel rip roll ACL bus shelter fuss For those of you to busy lazy to follow the link it s a post by Lyle Shelton the Chief of Staff at the Australian Christian Lobby It really is a piece of work In it he manages to claim that the ACL really isn t against the gays and that they were only doing it for the children while at the same time trying to insinuate that homosexual activists were against the children Here s an excellent example of the latter Incensed at the success of this

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  • science | James Purser
    For those of you living under a rock you may have missed the NSW Governments Leader in the Upper House sallhying forth on the nature of scientists This little gem is an excellent example of the sort of leadership we re going to expect over the next 8 years Blog Catagories Politics nsw science rant Read more about Science Nazis Mandates Freedom of Speech James Purser s blog Add new comment No one caused the earthquake in Japan Submitted by James Purser on Thu 17 03 2011 23 19 Leaving aside the truly massive tragedy that is the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami I would just like to say a couple of things about the people who have decided that all evidence to the contrary it wasn t plate tectonics that caused the earthquake but some sort of supernatural force Karma Blog Catagories geology science anthropomorphism Read more about No one caused the earthquake in Japan James Purser s blog 1 comment Add new comment Lets Get Metaphysical Submitted by James Purser on Mon 11 02 2008 10 51 I was sitting here at my desk engaged in a deep and interesting discussion about the nature of religion on lugradio when

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  • rant | James Purser
    of you living under a rock you may have missed the NSW Governments Leader in the Upper House sallhying forth on the nature of scientists This little gem is an excellent example of the sort of leadership we re going to expect over the next 8 years Blog Catagories Politics nsw science rant Read more about Science Nazis Mandates Freedom of Speech James Purser s blog Add new comment Malaysia

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  • Cultural Cringe 2011 | James Purser
    I am assuming that there are large numbers of people agreeing with the above statements I can t actually see who s raising their hands So given that this state of affairs has been going on for years and that in fact question time has become the political equivelant of an american sit com complete with laugh track crap acting and a predictable plot why is it suddenly news when someone from outside says this Iain Dale a political blogger and radio presenter is over from the UK doing a bit of speachifying and presenting on things politechnical On arrival he decided to watch a bit of question time to compare it against the UK system He was gobsmacked and he tweeted it As Dame Edna might say I say this in a caring manner but Question Time in the Australian Parliament is absolutely shameful today And of course no one was surprised Most of the replies he got from Australian followers agreed with him and that really was that Except it wasn t The local media jumped on his comments as if he was the child who dared declare the emperor s clothing was a little minimalist This despite the fact that every sitting day you can get hundreds of people declaring exactly the same sentiments on twitter or hell you could go down to the pub and get pretty much the same views expressed in much more earthy tones I ve met with Iain I was invited to a dinner with him on Tuesday night he s an interesting guy with a passion for politics and he does have interesting ideas about politics and technology However the only difference between his comments about question time and many many others is the fact that he comes from far away

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  • culture | James Purser
    06 2011 10 44 So enough about us what do you think about us Okay how many of you reading this have watched question time in federal parliament Right How many of you think that question time is in fact a useless piece of perfomance theatre designed not to ask genuine questions but to score points and futher political goals Right please note I am assuming that there are large

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  • Wollongong in 50 Years | James Purser
    storey high apartment blocks blighting the skyline To be honest I think both of them have issues Firstly you can t talk about a population target without talking about a vision for the region Population is but one part of any plan for the Illawarra and while it is a huge part of the plan it should not be dealt with in isolation Secondly if the Greens think that the Illawarra isn t going to hit 500 000 people by the middle of the century I have bad news for them According to the 2006 census the Wollongong Local Government Area is tracking a 2 6 annual population growth which gives us almost a million people by 2050 Even if we lower the rate to 1 over the next 39 years we re looking at around 490000 people Any discussion has to work from the point that Wollongong and the Illawarra is going to grow we re simply too close to Sydney for anything else to happen So with that in mind what do we want Wollongong to look like in 2050 Do we want to sacrifice arable farming land so that we don t end up with a coastal skyline resembling the Gold Coast Are centres like Dapto going to turn into cities in their own right What sort of infrastructure are we going to need to support whatever vision we agree on for a larger Wollongong Is Wollongong even going to continue to be the steel city or will we suffer the same fate as Newcastle 39 years is a long time but we need to start planning for it now Blog Catagories Politics gongvotes wollongong James Purser s blog Add new comment Comments James key issues capability Permalink Submitted by KerrieAnne on Fri 20 05 2011 20

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  • They do not like it up em | James Purser
    editor is say going to call for the destruction of a political party and your media organisation is going to run a consistantly negative line about said party then you are going to have to expect the following Said political party is not going to lie down and take it they will call you out People are going to start questioning your ability to be objective Your credibility as a member of the Fourth Estate is going to take a hit Now you could accept the above and move on knowing full well that these are the natural consequences of diving into the political swamp or you could splash about lobbing great steaming piles of prose and column inches in a vain effort to try and pretend that you still retain some sense of objective credibility Oh and one more thing get used to the proles taking you to task in real time Thanks to twitter and facebook people can pull your dross apart quicker than you can blink and they re not going to stop This will mean both that the debate will be live and that you are going to have to do a hell of a lot

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