August 14, 2010

Social Innovation Bar Camp #sibsyd

This morning I listened to Bob Carr open this event and was stimulated into revisiting this site which I have left fallow for some time.

I did a talk on what I've learned by this exercise. And will later write a new post which discusses the talk, what I learned from giving it and also why I've added to my understanding from some of the other sessions today

Meanwhile, estimates are I am already exceeding my target 10% reduction for Electricity and Water, despite the winter still not being open.

I'll update with the tangibles later

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August 12, 2010

The Politics of Fear #ausvotes


The Labor’s 100 Million Dollars a Day.  Why is this a problem, quite simply because the Liberals have said they will pay of the deficit at more or less the same time.  So this means that the Liberals if they get power will have exactly the same level of debt repayments that Labour currently has.  So the issue is that if the Libs get power, they will do exactly what Labor are already doing?  A large number of (possibly overpaid) financial experts all agree that Australia weathered the GFC (or whatever technical term you wish to apply) incredibly well and that no matter who was in power, the government of the day would have entered into some level of debt.

As has been pointed out, the debt levels that Australia has are 2nd to none in the world.  ( and not just because of the last 10 years, but 20 years of economic reform ), yet the Liberals run a policy of fear.


So the numbers are bullshit, the argument is flawed and the subjective nature is exploitative.  Why, because it works.  The politics of fear has always been the way of politics.  Even the Greens use these tactics.  As they say, doesn’t matter who you vote for… a politician gets in.  With ads like this and people believing them, this will never change.

read the full article at

Lowest level of debt in OECD, despite this spending. Labour seem to be incapable to selling this. As I wrote this morning "Of course Governments shouldn't invest tax dollars in the country, Tony. They should keep it to Pork barrel Nationals electorates"
A Governments job is to invest our taxes in the country. Especially if times are tough and especially if you more than have the means to pay it back.
I can't understand how the Libs are getting a free ride on this because, yes, it's errant Nonsense.

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August 10, 2010

Apple has bought the rights to LiquidMetal, iTerminator to follow?

August 04, 2010

Gillard: Coalition want to 'bamboozle' voters this August - (with Apologies to The Hill's Ballot Box)

Prime Minister Gillard told Labor fundraisers that the Coalition are banking on voters having "amnesia" in this months elections.

"They have not come up with a single, solitary, new idea to address the challenges of the Australian people," Gillard said. "They don’t have a single idea that’s different from John Howard’s ideas — not one."

The PM said that instead of helping her and Labor push for healthcare and Education reform, Liberals and Nationals are "betting on amnesia."

"That’s what they’re counting on," Gillard told the audience. "They’re counting on that you all forgot. They think that they can run the okey-doke on you. Bamboozle you."

In her speech, the PM blasted Liberal opposition to her small business tax cuts, saying Liberals are opposing their own ideas in an effort to hurt Labor.

"Liberals say they're the pro-business party, isn’t that what they say?" Gillard said. "You would think this is something they would support, but they keep opposing it. Why? Pure politics."

The PM also criticized Tony Abbott for pledging to repeal the NBN if the Coalition wins back Power.

"They're more interested in the next election than the next generation," Gillard said. "And that's why they can’t have the keys back — because we need somebody who is driving with a vision to the future."

Read the real article at

The real article has the real story about Obama and the stonewalling of the Republicans BTW. I haven't had to change much, you might notice.

Would the "real" Julia Gillard pick at the exposed underbelly of the Liberals so easily?

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