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Weekend reflections

May 27th, 2005

This regular feature is back again. The idea is that, over the weekend, you should post your thoughts in a more leisurely fashion than in ordinary comments or the Monday Message Board.

Please post your thoughts on any topic, at whatever length seems appropriate to you. Civilised discussion and no coarse language, please.

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  1. Benno
    May 27th, 2005 at 22:09 | #1

    Nobody is interested in my opinions on the Indonesian justice system, least of all myself. So another topic.

    I think successors to Graham Kennedy (not that I know anything about him) could be:

    Norman Gunston (I know little about him)

    Paul Mcdermott

    the Chaser boice

    And now a call for all quick-witted smartarses, OLO needs a quirky acronym for a ranking of federal mps based on google hits of their name followed by mp or senator. Here is the blog piece explaning http://ambit-gambit.nationalforum.com.au/archives/000615.html Possible acronyms to start you off are:

    PIPI – Politician Internet Performance Indicator

    IPPI – Internet-based Political Performance Indicator

    GRIP – Google Ranking Index of Politicians

    PPP – Politician Performance Protocol

    POPE – Politician’s On-line Performance (Estimate/Evaluation)

    ROPEM – Ranking Of Politician’s Electronic Mentions

    POARIBPP – Politician’s On-line Activity Ranking of Internet Based Political Performance

    Have fun with the acronyms, a really juicy one would be if anybody could turn RODENT into an acronym.

  2. James Farrell
    May 28th, 2005 at 00:11 | #2


    Could trackbacks go somewhere other than amongst the comments? I have nothing against them, but they are distracting without adding anything to a thread in their own right. Didn’t you use to have separate pages for comments and trackbacks?

    And while I’m whinging, I’ve had enough of links to wikipedia. I want to return to the days when a link to some random word or phrase opened up to a nice surprise, some fresh delight like that Jump The Shark site. Meanwhile, if I don’t know what the Sapir-Whorf thesis is, or someting like that, I know where to look it up.

  3. E. J. Thribb’s Aussie Cousin
    May 28th, 2005 at 13:04 | #3

    So farewell then “The King”

    Or “Gra Gra”

    As Gran always called you.

    I never thought you

    Were at all funny.

    If that’s the best in Australian comedy,

    All I can say is “faaaaark”.

  4. Ros
    May 28th, 2005 at 13:46 | #4

    For those of us in Adelaide, and excuse me if you all know, JQ is joining us for the Festival of Ideas.

  5. Geoff Honnor
    May 28th, 2005 at 18:55 | #5

    So farewell then “The King�

    Or “Gra Gra�

    As Gran always called you.”

    Bert Newton assures us that it was actually “Grae Grae” EJTAC

  6. May 29th, 2005 at 00:27 | #6

    Prof Q what the hell is happening to the Lions in Brisbane? We were unbeatable there for the last 6 years and now we are losing to every Roo, Tiger and Eagle; have you got any excuses/reasons?

  7. jquiggin
    May 29th, 2005 at 06:24 | #7

    I was just wondering the same thing, Tex. Last night was just awful. The skill was there to be seen, but time after time they threw the ball away.

    Maybe the Bullets will do better.

  8. May 29th, 2005 at 13:12 | #8

    I hope Queenslanders don’t get disheartened by the collapse of the Bears, or Fitzroy Tropicale as some of us prefer to call them.

    It seems to be the fate of teams in the modern system, which is good for supporters of teams like Richmond and St Kilda but awful for Hawthorn, Carlton and Essendon. And now Bribane.

    I do wonder whether stability has now disappeared, since the current bunch of high fliers don’t seem to have the machinelike precision of that slightly earlier slew of teams.

  9. May 29th, 2005 at 20:12 | #9

    The Brisbane supporters will pull through and eventually take on the mentality of Collingwood supporters. This is not meant to be derogatory though, Collingwood supporters are the best supporters a team could have.

    Check out my new blog y’all.

  10. May 29th, 2005 at 21:47 | #10

    I never understood the big deal about major league sport.

    Such energy,
    such passion,
    such effort,
    such committment,
    so much money,
    so much time,
    so much learning,

    all of it put into such a pointless endeavor.

  11. May 29th, 2005 at 21:49 | #11

    What is a blog yawl anyway? But I notice it’s a …blogspot.com site. Lately (a couple of days or so) I haven’t been able to get through to those. Is this across the board unavailability, or just some browsers or ISPs or what?

    It may be related, but just today I find that reloading a JQ page from disk cache just leaves it blank. It now only shows properly when reloaded from the internet. Any recent changes that might be connected?

  12. May 30th, 2005 at 12:29 | #12

    I can get through so I don’t think it is across the board

  13. Ian Gould
    May 30th, 2005 at 21:29 | #13

    A quite genuine question: India and Turkey used to be major sources of illegal narcotics.

    This problem was addressed by mandating the government purchase of the entire opium crop in both countries – with funds from the developed world.

    The opium was converted into painkillers for medical use and diversion of opium to the illegal market in both countries seems to be fairly minor.

    Why hasn’t the same policy been introduced in Afghanistan?

    Absent bizarre conspiracy theories about the US governemnt dabbling in the drug trade, which I’m loathe to entertain, I really can’t understand why this policy isn’t introduced. There may well be some good reason I’ve missed, if so I’d really like to hear it.

  14. May 30th, 2005 at 22:47 | #14

    Indian production was usually legal, at the time. It was actually a government introduced cash crop, which made it easier to wind it back when the rules changed.

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