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December 16th, 2005

Weekend Reflections is on again. Please comment on any topic of interest (civilised discussion and no coarse language, please). Feel free to put in contributions more lengthy than for the Monday Message Board or standard comments.

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  1. Chris C
    December 16th, 2005 at 13:08 | #1

    Hmmm, nothing here.

    I guess everyone’s busy discussing Peak Oil and the Riots!

    Indeed, given the Peak Oil thread is veering all over the place, I would not be surprised if it intersects the Riot thread eventually

  2. Andrew Reynolds
    December 16th, 2005 at 18:15 | #2


    I am just waiting for the nazi mention. Long threads normally end up there.

  3. orang
    December 16th, 2005 at 18:49 | #3

    Nazis…… …???

    Oh yeah

    Didja see that Bush/Cheney’s shot at legalizing torture was shot down by McCain? Bush could have veto’d it but he’s too nice a guy …NOT.

  4. Alexander McLeay
    December 16th, 2005 at 19:38 | #4

    Orang, Godwin’s Law, a commonly misinterpreted rule of usenet, email, web and other online forums, says that as any online discussion grows longer, the probablity of a comparison to Hitler or the Nazis approaches 1 (i.e. certainty). By popular agreement, once that happened, the discussion is deemed to be over and whoever made the analogy is deamed the loser.

    See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_Law

  5. Geoff Honnor
    December 16th, 2005 at 19:49 | #5

    Except on Margo Kingston’s Webdiary where Godwin’s Law can frequently be invoked by the second or third post albeit that lively discussion continues regardless…..

  6. orang
    December 16th, 2005 at 19:49 | #6

    What if the analogy is subliminal.

  7. Geoff Honnor
    December 16th, 2005 at 20:06 | #7

    I wouldn’t do subliminal. The chances are that it will be identified anyway………antennae are acutely tuned.

  8. Andrew Reynolds
    December 16th, 2005 at 20:16 | #8

    I am trying to imagine how you would subliminally refer to the National Socialist German Worker’s Party in a discussion thread. I do not think the antennae would need to be too acutely tuned.

  9. Andrew Reynolds
    December 16th, 2005 at 20:19 | #9

    The link to Godwin’s Law should be:

  10. orang
    December 16th, 2005 at 21:36 | #10

    Read a Godwin essay on Breaking Godwin’s Law at


    where he says,

    “I hope that by relating these to you dear readers, you can understand why it’s not only important that we allow comparisons between Bush and Hitler to be made in public discourse, but why it is neccesary, if we are to prevent the addition of another asterisk to American history.”

  11. Steve Munn
    December 16th, 2005 at 23:01 | #11

    Season’s Greetings to Professor Quiggin and his family. Enjoy a well earned break, put your feet up and don’t waste too much time attending to us Blog Nerds. 🙂

  12. marko
    December 17th, 2005 at 09:40 | #12

    Late riot comment (or prelude to the next). Who won out of the zenophobe riots (we’re not racist, we hate everyone). White supremacists, disaffected muslim youth, police staters, politicians. Who lost, the rest of us.

  13. December 17th, 2005 at 10:32 | #13

    Happy season’s greetings John and come back refreshed in 2006.
    I can’t resist one last comment re the parlous state of contemporary journalism, however:


  14. December 17th, 2005 at 10:49 | #14

    Clearly, Anthony is referring to his website when he mentions “the parlous state of contemporary journalism”.

  15. December 17th, 2005 at 11:14 | #15

    If we were really really nice to each other over Christmas..
    we’d get really really bored.

  16. December 17th, 2005 at 18:30 | #16

    Is that right David? OK NO SOUP FOR YOU!

  17. joe2
    December 17th, 2005 at 19:30 | #17

    Do not forget the retirement of Terry Lane.

    He has been a goody. Last, “National Interest”, on Radio National ,with him at the helm,tomorrow at 12.00. Bravo,Terry for gutse and honesty.

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