Thursday 24th of July 2014

the trials and tribulations of satirists...

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The case of the humping cartoonists...

Following a very poor and self-serving analysis by Paul Barry at Media Watch of a particular situation, Gus has decided to go and inspect the annals of humping dogs and other unrelated humping characters throughout history — without mentioning a special sensitive case. Nonetheless we have of course got to mention the hamster being humped. 

beware the shadow of totalitarianism .....

beware the shadow of totalitarianism .....

Secret trial 'threatens to undermine the centuries-old British principle of open justice' …

mirror, mirror on the wall .....

mirror, mirror on the wall .....

from William blum …..

a safety net and not a hammock ...

hammock abetz...

On Q&A in February, disability support pension recipient Daniel Turner questioned Eric Abetz about planned changes — and came out disturbed by what he'd heard.

sincerely yours...

population

I was disappointed by Paul Barry on Media Watch last night (9th June 2014)... Paul's take on the Chris Kenny/ABC case was not as incisive as David Marr's deep analysis of the freedom of speech issue... Paul Barry was somewhat a bit too self-congratulatory for having made back-slapping remarks about the "case", very soon after the skit had aired... 

trying to fool us, store window dummies, into believing in intelligence...

second-rate computer

A "super computer" has duped humans into thinking it was a 13-year-old boy to become the first machine to pass the "iconic" Turing Test, experts say.

Five machines were tested at the Royal Society in central London to see if they could fool people into thinking they were humans during text-based conversations.

The test was devised in 1950 by computer science pioneer and World War II code breaker Alan Turing, who said that if a machine was indistinguishable from a human, then it was "thinking".

of breeding your national terrorists...

 

Homs may 2014

SPIEGEL: What was the effect of US President Barack Obama not having done anything after poison gas was deployed in Syria; after the red line had clearly been crossed twice? Is America's unwillingness, or inability, to intervene a dangerous portent?

road kill...

 

roadkill

New figures show the number of road deaths in Australia has dropped by almost a quarter during the past decade.

senator brandis of australia solves the israeli-palestinian conflict with the stroke of a pen...

brandis settlementss

The Abbott government has ruled out using the term "occupied" when describing Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem, prompting suggestions about a shift in Australia's foreign policy.

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