The Cars That Ate Reason

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Mitsubishi folded car manufacturing in Australia in 2008.  Last year, Ford closed. This October, Holden closed its plant at Elizabeth, with stacks of local workers shown the door and associated industries going to the wall.  It is not as if we made crap cars.  It wasn’t from lack of an enthusiastic local market for Holdens and Fords. And it’s not as if the good old Aussie taxpayer hadn’t stumped-up its fair share of subsidised cash to keep the embers glowing. Market forces are many and varied. But they tend to follow immutable, organic, rules.  When organised car-making started up in…

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Just Don’t Smoke, Jack

September 14, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | FILM, LIFE |
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Jack Hawkins (14 September 1910 – 18 July 1973) Hawkins was a dependable figure in top flight films for at least a decade.  He specialised in bumptious, slightly wily men of military bent, but could expand upon that range when required.  He was not a subtle actor, but always a pleasing presence. His notable films are The Fallen Idol (1948), The Cruel Sea (1953), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) (an over-praised film where he is easily more natural in his performance than Alec Guinness or Bill Holden), Ben-Hur (1959), The League of Gentlemen (1960) (a particularly suave and…

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Alt-Citizens

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The Australian Federal Parliament is in a tizz because a raft of Senators and Members of the House of Representatives have discovered they have, or may hold, dual citizenship. This disqualifies one from office, and already there have been resignations and stand-downs whilst ‘clarification’ is sought. The problem is section 44 of the Commonwealth Constitution, a document promulgated in 1901, when the optics of the world and his wife were slightly different. Any person who: is under any acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights…

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Gay, Straight, Other…Let’s Have an Adult Conversation on SSM

August 22, 2017 | Posted by Guest Reviewer | Australian Politics, LIFE, METAPHYSICS, POLITICS |
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[The Federal Parliament has seen fit to compromise upon its election policy of a plebiscite on same-sex marriage, so that we are to get a postal survey or some such, in which the citizens can have a say and from which, possibly, legislative reform might ensue. There has been a considerable resistance to the move, on the grounds of cost, the non-binding nature of the poll, its vagueness and uncertainty, and the disharmony wreaked upon the minority by a national debate. Under the Constitution, the Federal Parliament has exclusive power to make laws with respect to Marriage, Divorce and matrimonial…

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Tiger Terry 6; South Adelaide 5

July 16, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |
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Glenelg v South Adelaide (15 July 2017) What’s that well-known saying? “Bad kicking is bad…something.” Anyway, both sides had 23 scoring shots on goal but South missed on 18 of its 23 occasions – therein lies much of the story. Still, Glenelg was clearly superior on the day, much more organised in midfield and attack, and applying substantial pressure in defence to cause error in front of the visitor’s goal.  Curran, Sellar and co. were terrific in defence, which is a lot better organised and seasoned these days. Terry Milera was outstanding with 6 goals, as were Ian Milera and Dom…

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