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The most important problem facing America

In the midst of an article about the media obsession with Trump and Russia, there was this table of the results of the latest Gallup poll asking Americans the question, “What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?”

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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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WWII Shipwrecks around the World

Most were merchant and cargo vessels, of which about 75% were a result of the German U-boats

According to the War Shipping Administration, the U.S. Merchant Marine suffered the highest rate of casualties of any service in World War II. Officially, a total of 1,554 ships were sunk due to war conditions, including 733 ships of over 1,000 gross tons.

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The problems of being all things to all people

Under John Key, Steve Joyce and Bill English National tried to be all things to all people in an attempt to get more than 50% of the vote. They never succeeded.

In Australia Malcolm Turnbull is also trying to be all things to all people and it is failing.  Joe Hildebrand explains: Quote:

Why are the Prime Minister and his government in crisis?

The truth is that despite his record-breaking effort at losing Newspolls, Turnbull has not been a bad prime minister — and certainly not a monstrous one.

Indeed, virtually everything he’s done has previously been actively championed by the two main forces out to destroy him, namely the Labor Party and Tony Abbott. He has fully funded and committed to the ALP’s two main signature policies of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the Gonski education reforms and he has held fast on Abbott’s key promises of stopping the boats and axing the carbon tax.

And when it comes to other taxes, let’s not forget that Abbott jacked them up while Turnbull is actually cutting them and somehow this is used as ammunition against him by the right. Funny old world.

Pretty much everything he does is within the bandwidth of reasonableness and almost all his policies are cautiously calibrated compromises. Indeed, the most shocking thing about the $444 million Great Barrier Reef funding scandal is that it appears to be evidence that Turnbull once made a hard and fast decision.

And this, ironically enough, is precisely the problem. In trying to be all things to all people Turnbull has become nothing to no one. He is the nowhere man of Australian politics. End quote.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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Leonard’s Chronological and Geographical Family Guide to the Holy Bible

Created by C.W. Leonard in 1860

A map intended to communicate and reinforce religious values and dense with a great variety of information. “Following the schemata devised by Bishop Ussher of Ireland this chart illustrates the history of the Bible from October 23, 4004 BC, the supposed exact date of Creation.

At the center of the chart is an overview map of the Mediterranean basin covering from the Straits of Gibraltar to the Caspian Sea and from the Black Sea to the Persian Gulf. Secondary maps illustrating ‘Canaan according to the Syrian Division of 200 BC’ (with Biblical mountains noted) and the ‘Journeyings of the Children of Israel from Egypt to Canaan’ appear in the lower left and right quadrants, respectively.

The chart additionally features three family trees – those of Jacob (bottom center), the Kings of Judah (upper left), and Jeroboam (upper right).

Surrounding the map, what appears to be an embellished decorative boarder is in fact a fascinating timeline dating the events of the Bible according to the Usscher Chronology.

The outer border offers notations on the dating system as well as handy conversions between weights and measurements of antiquity and the english system measurements common in the 19th century.”

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My navel-gazing only finds fluff

Queer reading

Navel-gazing: the self-indulgent or excessive contemplation of oneself or a single issue, at the expense of a wider view.

Campus Reform tells us about another queer course: Quote.

Princeton University is offering a new course this fall that will teach students about the “theory, narrative, and aesthetics” of “queer literatures.”

According to the official course description posted on the school’s website, students will “both read from various trajectories of queer literature and engage what it means to read queerly” as part of the “Queer Literatures: Theory, Narrative, and Aesthetics” course.
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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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Andrew Sullivan: “You can have liberal democracy or mass immigration. It’s becoming increasingly clear you can’t have both”

Andrew Sullivan makes some interesting observations on the intersection of a liberal democracy and mass immigration: Quote:

It seems to me a pretty big indicator of Europe’s future that a party with neo-Nazi roots is currently surging in the polls in … Sweden. Yes, super-liberal, deeply anti-racist Sweden. The election is on September 9, and this famously tolerant social democracy — a humanitarian superpower that has recently absorbed more refugees per capita than any other European nation — is swinging hard to the right over immigration and crime. As of 2017, one in six people in Sweden were born outside the country. Sweden has historically had a higher representation of humanitarian migrants than the rest of Europe, but in recent years, larger numbers are coming from Syria, Iraq, Somalia, and Eritrea. The gender mix of these new arrivals is also skewed — if all applicants are granted asylum, the male-female ratio could become lopsided, growing from 105:100 to 107:100 among those aged 18 to 34. Integration has been hard and the country is statistically one of Europe’s worst at integrating foreigners. It’s easier to welcome people than to find ways to get them to adjust to an entirely different culture. Riots began in 2008 and have occurred frequently since. Crime is up:

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

Face of the day

Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan has died, aged 80.

[…] Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations, started at the United Nations in 1962 as a low-ranking officer with the World Health Organization in Geneva.

He rose through its ranks to become the first black African Secretary General.

Annan earned selection to the top United Nations post under controversial circumstances. Incumbent Boutros Boutros-Ghali ran unopposed in 1996, but was denied the second term when the United States of America vetoed his selection despite him receiving 14 out of 15 Security Council votes.

He served two terms, from January 1, 1997 to December 31, 2006, capped nearly mid-way when he and the UN were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.

During his tenure, Annan presided over some of the worst failures and scandals at the world body, one of its most turbulent periods since its founding in 1945.

-Stuff

 

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