September 5th, 2008


Climate Change

Last night I watched Q&A on the ABC which I'm finding a mix between enjoyable hearty discussion and dissection of issues and just plain annoying. The Labor rep dude, whose name alludes me right now was good until he wasn't ... "The Labor Party this and that" ... and ... whatever man.

However I was really amused by the Liberal guy who got caught between a rock and a hard place when discussing Adelaide's water crisis with the Murray Darling - "it's a combination of drought and climate change" he says.
"Wait a minute, does that mean that you acknowledge climate change?" he's asked.
"Well .... nooooooo.... well ... maybe .... look, it doesn't matter what the cause is," he back peddals, "the important thing is that we fix it."

Stupid stupid man. How can you fix something if you don't know where it's broke, eh?

And then this in Kenya today ... you reckon... climate change?
A HUGE hailstorm has turned parts of central Kenya white, thrilling residents most of whom had never experienced such conditions.

Hailstorms are not unusual in some parts of Kenya, which straddles the equator, but the ferocity of the storm in Busara, 255km northwest of the capital was unprecedented.

Excited villagers pelted each other with snowballs, while some ate pieces of the icy sheet that formed over an entire hillside.

"We thought a big white sheet had been spread, so we decided to come and see for ourselves. We thought that it was Jesus who had come back," one villager said.,23599,24297838-401,00.html

For the Australian Liberal Party's sake, I guess let's hope it was Jesus?


Politics Addict

I love it when my seat is an important one!!

In inner-northern Perth, Morley will be fought out between two high-profile candidates. Voters may punish the ALP after the wealthy, western suburbs-based television journalist Reece Whitby was parachuted into the working-class electorate, which is traditionally viewed as a safe Labor seat, with a swing of 9.9per cent needed for it to fall,

Former Labor minister John D'Orazio quit the ALP to run as an independent after Mr Whitby was preselected.

But Mr D'Orazio, a former police minister whose ALP career ended when he was caught up in a corruption scandal, is a popular and hard-working local member and is expected to poll strongly.,21598,24297707-2761,00.html


Friday Thinking

I had a really productive day yesterday and intended to carry that through when I got home last night. Didn't really happen though. Am again feeling better than yesterday. And looking forward to another productive day. Makes me realise how awful athletes must feel most of the time - pushing your body to its personal limits and how much energy that saps you of. I don't think I'd really like that.

As for me. I'm still chasing dreams - just a different one right now. And that's pretty cool, very exciting and a little bit full on. More details later but that's kinda why I am tired, stressed and working hard.

I'm looking forward to Conflux though - seems everyday I find out that more and more peeps are going. Last night I dreamed of electricant and i_ate_my_crusts who were being lovely to me so I think I am definitely getting hyped. Possibly by then I shall be overexcited.

I should also announce that there will be an East and a West Coast launching of Dirk Flinthart's novella by Twelfth Planet Press. The East Coast one, at Conflux, shall have the gallant Mr Flinthart himself and the West Coast one shall be in the steampunk surrounds of Wastelands II.


Okay, so I think this is me publicly announcing I intend to stand and run in the GUFF race.

That's one of the things going on in the background here at chez gj.