Thursday, 19 January 2017

An innovative Pauline Hanson way of pre-selecting candidates

My new political editor writes:
Pauline Hanson has asked viewers of the Paul Murray TV Shock Jock to decide whether a convicted stamp stealer should run for One Nation in the seat of Joondalup in the WA elections.
In a refreshing gift to democracy - rivalling the UK Classic The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer -- an undecided Ms Hanson called on Murray (Puddin to his TV mates) to interview the candidate, a Mr.Brian Brightman, on live TV last night and let viewers decide by casting votes on her Facebook page.
Mr. Brightman was convicted of stealing $1100 worth of stamps 23 years ago.
Murray's interview of Brightman was followed by a plea for understanding from Ms Hanson who made no mention of the 50 or so other WA One Nation candidates thrown into the race.
Votes from the Paul Murray show, which Phil Coorey claims has a viewing audience of 6 in the Qantas Chairmans Lounge, are yet to be counted.
Can viewers look forward to similar appearances from ALP candidates in Melbourne and Sydney?
Now that would be a good show.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Betting the Bishop will be a polo no-show

The corporate bookies don't seem to have a market yet on the weekend's major political event but the money at the Portsea Hotel tonight suggests Julie Bushop will be a no-show at the annual polo. The boys at the very upmarket hotel think the Foreign Minister will squib it after the flack this week about charging taxpayers for her appearance money last year. Most of the $1000 put on the bar supporting the "no appearance you Worship" case remained un-taken at closing time.

From last year's official video record - having a happy time
And there was a penetrating political interview

Personally, the Owl reckons the locals have got it wrong. Ms Bishop likes a fashionable day out and is smart enough to have a proper formal meeting in Melbourne on Friday to legitimately cover the airfare from Perth. Stay at the residence of her regular escort and no need to claim any expenses for mixing with the rich and famous at the weekend. Nothing for those kill joy journalists to get their knickers in a knot over then.

A political singalong: If you knew Sussie

The Owl is introducing a new feature as he gets into the swing of a new political year - the political singalong. And who better to honour first up than:

To do the honours and lead the chorus we have

Sing along with Eddie.

I have got a sweetie known as Susie,
In the words of Shakespeare, "She's a wow!".
Though all of you
May know her too,
I'd like to shout right now;

If you knew Susie
Like I know Susie,
Oh, oh, oh what a girl!
There's none so classy
As this fair lassie,
Oh, oh, oh my goodness what a chassis!

We went riding, she didn't balk;
>From the country,
I'm the one that had to walk!
If you knew Susie
like I know Susie,
Oh, oh what a girl!

Susie has a perfect reputation,
No-one ever saw her on a spree!
Nobody knows
Where Susie goes,
Nobody knows but me!

If you knew Susie
Like I know Susie,
Oh, oh, oh what a girl!
She wears long tresses
And nice tight dresses,
Oh, oh, what a future she possesses!

Out in public, how she can yawn;
In a parlour, you would think the war was on!
If you knew Susie
Like I know Susie,
Oh, oh what a girl!

She'll spend Sunday morniong praising The Lord,
But on Monday, she's as dizzy as a Ford!
If you knew Susie
Like I know Susie,
Oh, oh what a girl!

I had a moustache, and trained it like a pup,
She's got such hot lips, she kissed it once and burned it up!
If you knew Susie
Like I know Susie,
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh , what a girl!

(Transcribed by Peter Akers - April 2011)

Andrew Bolt and his flat world atmospheric temperatures

My quick piece of googling research this morning throws this up as the last reference by Andrew Bolt to global temperatures being stable:
the biggest controversy right now is the one even the latest IPCC report had to address: why the world hasn’t warmed as the climate models predicted. Atmospheric temperatures have remained flat for at least 15 years.
Perhaps it is time for him to give us an update.
 To my eyes there does not seem to be anything "flat" about this graph.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Like to know what's in Grange? Most years Penfolds has to break the law to tell you

Grange. Australia's most famous wine. The red that put our country on the world's quality wine map. Yet most years Penfolds has to break the law to tell people what's in it.
If you think that sounds like madness, well, yes, it is. Yet Wine Australia, the federal government body that controls how wine is labelled and promoted does, outlaw telling the truth about Grange and many other wines blended from different regions.
This is the idiotic bureaucratic regulation that defines the offence:

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And the section of the Australian Grape and Wine Authority Act 2013 that the regulation refers to:

The problem arises because the grapes that end up in Grange regularly come from more than three regions as the company website explains.

So Penfolds is in breach of the law with this reference in its tasting note for the 2010 Grange:
VINEYARD REGION Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Magill Estate
Oh no! Five GIs mentioned when you are only allowed three.

I wonder if and when the regulatory bulldogs of Wine Australia will threaten Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago with jail like they have the proprietors of that little Baross winemaker

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Tweeter-in-chief rewrites the media’s rule book

Tweeter-in-chief rewrites the media’s rule book: "Politicians should campaign in poetry and govern in prose, goes the adage. But Donald Trump has changed little in his shift from campaigner to president-in-waiting. He remains more polemic than poetic and is holding tight to his favourite tool for spreading bombast: Twitter. This week, it was as if the tweeter-in-chief was back on the campaign trail, the master communicator with smartphone in hand, setting the news agenda for a frustrated press forced into soul-searching over how to cover him. He used the messaging app to suggest that flag burners be thrown in jail; to moot scrapping the US-Cuba detente; to complain of fraud in an election he won; and to promote a gloating campaign-style rally where he mocked his vanquished opponents. “It’s genius and it’s frightening. It’s communications without the advantage of the frontal lobe. There’s no inhibition,” says Richard Levick, chairman of Levick, a veteran Washington communications guru who has advised multiple governments."

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Even expert forecasters often treat a strong possibility as though it is a certainty.

Why forecasters failed to predict Trump’s victory: Tim Harford in London's Financial Times

"The truth is that once Trump had secured the nomination, a Trump presidency was always a strong possibility. The betting markets seemed to recognise this, offering odds of three-to-one a week or so before the poll. Three-to-one shots happen all the time — or at least, about a quarter of the time. A defeat for Hillary Clinton may be far more consequential than a defeat for Manchester City and, therefore, far more shocking but it shouldn’t be any more surprising. Favourites do not always win."
"... we have to keep an open mind that more than one outcome is possible. Too many people equated “Clinton is the favourite” with “Clinton will win”. That’s an obvious error, but it’s common. Even expert forecasters often treat a strong possibility as though it is a certainty. This tendency is one reason that dart-throwing chimps give the experts a run for their money. The chimps make lots of forecasting errors too, but at least they don’t systematically overrate their chances."

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