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Long ago there were just the commercial TV stations and the ABC. The ABC never had commercials. But over the years this has changed. It and the SBS government owned channels now do show commercials for all kinds of products. These interrupt shows along with promos just like the commercial channels. I'm sure ABC and SBS get the money but where does it go to from there? Does it go to help pay for the government channels and productions or to treasury to pay for 'other' things?
In my industry (which probably originated from PS ((public service)) jargon), it was referred to as CR ... i.e. Consolidated Revenue. It's a little like the fiscal equivalent of that vast store-house, seen in the last scene in "Raiders of the Lost Arc" ... it all goes in, and where it comes out (if at all), nobody knows.
The poor old USA is in for another BAD storm I see. They really cop it over there, don't they? I hope they are better prepared these days than in previous years.
One of the most positive items regarding future energy sources, IMO, I saw on ‘CATALYST’ ...ABC... 23 Aug 2012. It showed a fuel cell for houses built by BLUEGEN in Melbourne.
It is about the size of a small refrigerator attached to the side of a house. It uses water, air and gas. A series of plates (patented formula) are stacked to cause an electrolytic effect as in a battery. Total output is well above what a normal house needs. So some can be sold to the grid. About 50 houses in a street currently are trialling it although units have already been sold overseas.
Certainly gas is used and it is not some ‘you beaut’ renewable solar or wind device. But it does show a bit of progress in creating power at home for low cost and saving without the need for the mind boggling plans such as wind farms.
Someone else said to me the price may be $40 000. But as with most things if it is a success then it would come down in price.
Nev, this sounds very good, but just as a diversion look up "thrive" on "Facebook". If you remember I was talking about 'free energy' ... this will give you the best explanation that I know of ... there is a warning the site is very long, but there is a written one.
JC, appreciate your views, but I still can't view energy being created (or generated) too easily. But, I do agree there are easier ways we must look for if we have to placate the conservation and Green religion.
The idea I described is not free energy.
But it would save building 40 story (yes that's right) high windmills in their thousands along with hundreds of cubic metres of concrete bases. GE is very much in the game and stands to make a fortune building them.
Then there are the squillion square kilometres of land to be covered by solar farms. All these are never running at full CAPACITY (nice word..never happens* ) and require thousands of kilometres of poles and wires and service roads.
That's why the cost of power has gone up and will continue to rise even without any carbon tax.
*Windwills don't make power if there is no wind...but also they have to be shut down when the wind blows too strong.
Nev, if you watched the website that I mentioned, you wouldn't be making how-to-make-power-by-squeezing-something-so-hard-that-it-explodes type arguements ... then wondering why on earth we aren't using the free-power that the good Lord provided. The answer is greed ... pure and simple.
The gentleman who is sponsoring the free-energy candle, was born into one of the USs big financial families, so you have to wonder about his motives. However, once you have SEEN his video, who gives a rats-bum about his motives ...
I cannot recommend this site to any of the GOT members who are alarmed at the price of thier power bills, too much. I seem to remember, you Nev, rabbiting on about Nichola Tesla ... well, he was the very first, to go on record as having a free-energy circuit. Did you wonder why his backer pulled out, just as he was about to launch his biggest project of all? Because J.P. Morgan was also in the copper business ... in fact most of his millions came from copper-wire that transmitted all of the burgeoning telephone and wireless comminication that was (and still is), going on.
So before you go off on another more-explosives-to-generate Steam/gas/or other kind of motive power ... and that goes for LuckySue and all the other ladies and gents at GOT ... go on, be a devil, just type THRIVE into Google and watch ... You don't have to watch it all ... just at least give it a fair go!
Thank you LuckySue and Nev for your kind words.
I think you are right Nev, but like all partnerships, there has to be all kinds of give and take. The US just wants to take. Sure, they will defend Australia if it suits their strategic needs at the time.
All that Australia would have to say is that Assange is an Australian citizen, and that if he's accused of doing something illegal, then it's up to us to do something about it. Then all we would have to say to England is that he is ours and take him into custody ... then let them see if they will take on Australia! I bet they don't!
Since the two young ladies that are behind the charges in Sweden actually gave a party for Mr Assage after the alleged little romp ... do they actually give parties for rapists in Sweden? Talk about trumped up charges ... Sweden will do itself no end of embarrasment and its trade will undoubtedly suffer. I thought that Sweden was above all that.
I would also like to ask, if Julian Assage were related to any GOT Member, would we be so keen to throw him to the wolves? After all; what has he done? He has brought something that American multiplicity of all kinds of police force, wanted kept in the dark, and has made it public ... and where did he get his information ... from the web ... well forgive me for asking, but if you want to keep something secret ... DON'T PUT IT ON THE WEB!
And whose going to trust Sweden anymore? Frankly, I'm beginning to test the veracity of the Ikea cupboard in the corner or the papermen in their 1970 Volvo!
Jc and Nev - it is so good to read your comments on the current Assange saga. I remember when Wikileaks came to the fore - it was like a breath of fresh air. Disclosing all those undercover goings on. Particularly in the States. I also remember the outrage from J G at his ( Assange) treasonous actions and what has followed is pure theatre except that someone's freedom is at stake. As I watch the news, I cannot believe that the British government would have him arrested if he steps foot outside the Equador Embassy.
As you say JC - why is our government not stepping in on his behalf? Answer- you will do as the US decrees!
Yes, it is deplorable how the 'charges' have been made. Both girls invited him into their beds. They did throw a party for him afterwards as you say. They also visited the police but refused to sign any paperwork. So Sweden let him go back to the UK. If Sweden wanted him so badly there and then he could have been retained.
I saw an ABC reporter ask the justice minister of Sweden how a person could be recalled on a 'non charge' and got a vague response that "This is just the way our system works," (Huh!)
If the charge is rape then I thought rape was against a girl's will to have sex. "NO" means "NO". So the man is obliged to stop. It has been said one girl was asleep when he had sex. But unless a girl is drugged I can't see how that could be. I mean, if the girl was simply asleep in the natural way then I hardly can see how a guy can have intercourse with her. (Warning)...I might be a bit crude here for the ladies...but to say the girl woke up with Assange having sex is a bit like a guy saying he was having a 'wet dream' only to wake up finding a Swedish girl busily working on him!! So I don't buy the rape argument one bit.
Well it didn't rain on their parade!
I for one put my hand up to say I really enjoyed the wedding. Only the Poms do the pagentry so well.
Even Julia looked pretty smart in her all Australian designed outfit. Just a pity about the two young princesses ( Fergie and Andrews kids ) in outfits that looked more suitable for a girls night out at the club!
Come on girls- what did you think of it?
I dragged my hubby along to friends for the event and even he behaved himself.
I am a bit amused at the scare about radiation from the damaged Japanese reactors. I'm not saying anyone should be blase about it, certainly not. But no news items have mentioned the radiation ALL people suffered during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s above ground nuclear tests. Over 1 000 bombs were tested. Many in South Australia, the islands to the west of Australia and in the Solomons. One rainy day in the 1950s at Amberly RAAF base someone put a Geiger counter outside a window and the counter went nuts! Atherton Tableland milk had to be dumped because of too much radioactivity. The Russians exploded a 50 MEGAton bomb in Siberia. (about 1/10 the power of the 9.0 earthquake that hit Japan.) The radioactive cloud from it circled the NH 3 times. The Russians abandoned a 100 MEGAton test. They soon agreed to underground testing. But, so far, what the Japanese have been exposed to is very small in comparison unless a core does explode emitting some extra radiation.
Neville, just to put a few records straight. If you put a Geiger counter outside in the rain, or in the dry it will always go nuts. That's what Geiger counters do. Background radiation can vary considerably ... you aught to see what a will happen when you hold a Geiger counter next to a mobile phone tower or a microwave oven for that matter ... what counts (?) is the little meter on top.
The irradiated milk scare turned out to be a load of political mischief, but because it wasn't such a good story, it wasn't given anywhere near the publicity it should have received.
There were, I think about six nuclear explosions at Maralinga in SA lit by the poms, and a couple of hydrogen devises exploded on Barrow Island which is one of the Monte Bello group. I have met a couple of ex-army types who were trying all legal avenues for compensation, as they and their mates were used as guinea pigs. I understand both had contracted leukemia.
The Yanks conducted some tests notably at Bikini atoll (that's the one you always see in the movies which went off underwater ... all the surrendered german and Japanese navy ships being engulfed, the very same that the swim-suit was named after), and in Truk lagoon and other parts of the Marshall Islands. The French conducted their tests in the Toamotu Islands east of Tahiti at Mururoa but none, thankfully in the Solomons, far too many thickly populated islands and too many people to relocate as they did in the Marshalls.
How do I know all this? Well I used to work for what was then the Australian Atomic Energy Commission public relations Department, which was located in a grand old mansion in Coogee (Sydney's eastern Suburbs).
You were right about the Russians, although I'm pretty sure the 100 kt weapon turned out to be a bluff, although the Yanks have exploded bigger ones subsequently.
John, but the French tests were below ground. Even so, the NZ PM Lange toured the world demanding all nuclear weapons be destroyed. He stopped U.S. ships visiting NZ which strained the ANZUS pact. But he gained some support. Driving to Ipswich there was a sign saying,"Nuclear Free Zone". As if!!
The underground tests were agreed by all sides after radiation levels in the atmosphere were becoming too high. The bombs being tested were far bigger in power than the tiny firecracker which hit Hiroshima. That was only 10 000 kilotons. Later Hydrogen bomb tests were around the range of 5 million (5 000 000) tons of TNT. So the Russian 50 megaton bomb was equivalent to 50 000 000 tons.
I suspect there was and is an agreement not to reveal the true extent of irradiation by above ground testing. After all, think of the $trillions a class action that might be taken out against governments if those early tests could be linked to ill health.
I realise, however, that even background radiation varies a lot. Those living in granite areas get twice the radiation than those living in red soil areas.
Just as an aside; the amount of 50kg of Plutonium used up in the Hiroshima bomb was only 0.1% of the Plutonium. 99.9% was unused. Imagine the explosion if ALL the Plutonium had chain reacted!
That's why some scientists at Los Alamos for the first bomb test literally thought the earth's atmosphere might be torn off! It was a huge gamble that may have resulted in the demise of all of us.
What nonsense is this? Not to look at a TV?
It's because Television is primarily (say 90%) Visual Medium. What that means for you is that the newspeople go out . . Looking For Good Visuals. and then write the words around their visuals, facts be damned.
But you did watch the japanese stuff didn't you? The gyrating signs hanging from the ceiling, and the falling files, in the impossibly overcrowded TV Newsroom. Excellent Pictures, now someone get some words to go with it.
And you saw umpteen dozen pictures (before and after) of the 'camouflaged' reactor buildings. and people being ferried about in red and yellow plastic jumpsuits. And probably with not one word of verifiable fact amongst it.
I despair, also, at the number of 'wriggle words' on the news ( and on commercials) " up to 10,ooo people were injured " ie no more than ten thousand, maybe only a couple of hundred, maybe only a dozen.
Up to also applies to "up to 30% Discount" meaning 'no way are you going to get any more than 30% off, and knowing business, most probably a lot less, say 5%. The 30% only applied to the cut you get from the smallest priced item.
More undeniable truth in "The death toll continues to rise " Lazarus doesn't live here any more.
I still despair
Ever seen a storm n a teacup? Well, this is one for you. The news people are all over this poor beknighted reactor which might, or might not, be poisoning the population. But before digging your Bunker, dear japanese people, look to see which way the wind is blowing.
If the answer is " Out to Sea" no need to panic. go back to your bottled water, face masks in the street, and orderly regimented lives. All is well.. . . .If on the other hand it's blowing towards you, then now is the time to have a holiday elsewhere for a short time.
I know i will be accused of callousness here, but i am still amazed the deathtoll from this tidal wave was only ten thousand. yes a lot, but out of a Hundred and Thirty Million People, it's not even a blip on the radar. There are six thousand japanese funerals every day in the best of times.
Further, no mention have i heard of how many other nuclear plants are operating quite normally, and indeed taking up the load from this one. That would be an interesting fact to discover.
On todays news there is information that some people in Japan have been admitted to hospital with radiation burns. I hope they are not the general populace, but workers in the plant that is causing all the problems. Of course is is a shame for it to happen at all.
The thing about all those past nuclear events is that they taught us a lot, and the most important thing was to change our attitude towards the whole thing. There has not been a nuclear powerplant built in the USA since the Three Mile Island disaster, but there are still nuclear ships and submarines being built.
Hope all's well with you, Neville.
Although we can't be too blase about nuclear power it can't be thrown into the trash can as a means of clean, green energy well into the future. The reactors in Japan were Mark 1 General Electric type erected in 1971. No one expected a mag' 9 earthquake as well as a tsunami would block the cooling abilities.
Future generation 4 reactors being built in China, USA have means to overcome those problems. 3 Mile Island was caused by too much human action. If they had stood back nothing would have happened. A previous case a year back in a similar plant proved that but the information was not spread around.
USA, Britain &France have been using nuclear powered ships since the 1950s. Only Russia suffered some setbacks. Some cruise ship lines are seriously considering using nuclear power for their gigantic ships for economy.
The call is for less coal=CO2*. Coal stations emit many impurities such as mercury and even some radiation. Coal mining in China kills thousands of workers. China digs up 10 X more coal than Australia. Sure, it is dismantling some old stations, but is also building bigger, new coal stations. And China is not going to be reliant on wind or solar power because they can't be relied upon...anywhere.
I see where a 20 hectare (50 acres) solar farm is planned for the Sunshine Coast. This will sure to be negative to the wildlife. 50 acres of housing would be frowned upon.
Since hydro power is banned in Australia (Franklin, Wolfedene, Wild rivers) then for back up power on cold windless nights to charge the electric cars it will still be imperative coal or nuclear power is generated.
If nuclear is feared too much we come back to square one. i.e. using coal. If the cost is too great then we go back to the 1920s with just 1 light per room, 1 power point per room, no electric heating or A/C, gas stoves, no big TVs and who knows what other deprivations. High income earners will not care less.
*No one can say any figure by which the temperature will stabilise at even if all nations stopped emitting CO2 today.
Yep, LindaField, all's well here. Hope you are well too.
To type a lowercase character by using a key combination that includes the SHIFT key, hold down the CTRL+SHIFT+symbol keys simultaneously, and then release them before you type the letter.
The character code, ALT+X
For example, to insert the euro currency symbol , press 20AC, and then hold down the ALT key and press X.
ALT+the character code (on the numeric keypad)
Note Make sure that NUM LOCK is on before you type the character code.
For example, to insert the euro currency symbol, hold down the ALT key and press 0128 on the numeric keypad.
I'm sure there is a lot of valuable info in those shortcuts but I am having trouble following them. For example: my euro symbol sits on the 5 key. How do I access that without typing 0128? It seems a long way round.
You're dead right, of course. € I've not ever noticed it on the '5' key before. Have no idea whatsoever how to activate it, though. ( have never had a use for it, incidentally)
(and incidentally, Ewen, the Euro is also thename for a variety of Kangaroo /wallaroo, so put that in your cryptic word base)
To complicate matters further, and I blame Ceridwyn for this completely, . . . GOT does not support most of the Acutes Graves, etc. This means, of course that we all use 'word' or similar to type our stuff and then cut and paste it all, holus bolus, into here.. . . After doing the spellcheck, of course.
över tõ yõu.
OMG!!!!!!! I may have been able to remember all that when I was in studying mode at High School 45 years ago, but now? My brain has become so used to thinking in my craft mode that I'll never remember all those instructions. Lucky I can cut and paste them for reference!
I think someone should declare 2011 the Year of the Disaster.
Yesterday's earthquake near Japan was a HUGE one, and it's effects will be far-reaching indeed. Add to that the continual rain in North Queensland, the ongoing trauma from the NZ earthquake, and the massive cleanup that continues after extensive flooding in Queensland (and indeed, across Australia), it's becoming an incredible unrelenting year of misfortune!
Something that I've noticed is how people seem to be getting their news more 'up-to-the-minute' now, using the internet and Social Media sites such as facebook and twitter to check on loved ones in the affected areas. In my own experience, being flooded in at 1770 over Christmas, we turned to the net for more reliable and up-to-date travel and weather information than was available on 'traditional' media - even the ABC Radio's information regarding road closures wasn't as fast as what we could get online.
I've just stumbled across this blog post this morning, and thought I'd link to it here. It lists some of the best ways to get information about the latest Japanese earthquake. Hope it might be helpful for those of you with friends and family in the affected area. The post is: http://mashable.com/2011/03/11/follow-japan-earthquake-online/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+Mashable+(Mashable)
Careful what you place on Facebook. This evening (Friday 8 April), I received an e-mail from a group called 'Cause' I usually vet my e-mail by going into the server first, before they make it to my computer proper. I didn't kill this immediately as the intro was "April 22 is approaching", which is my 70th birthday ... Good Friday, which given my initials, is pretty appropriate), so I let it through. Turns out they got my details from Facebook, begging me to 'donate my birthday' to give to the orphans of Haiti, Japanese earthquake victims, and orphaned puppies in Mississippi! Oh for goodness sake ... I'm afraid that I replied somewhat disengenuously ... buy pointing out in rather colourful language that had they bothered to look up my age and figured out that in all probability I was on an age pension and having difficulty enough holding my own together, let alone donating the one time I get to smirk at everyone younger! Further more, we are a small country, that they should have realised had they bothered to look at the 'au' at the end of my e-mail address, and we are surrounded by just as many good causes in equally small nations which also suffer earthquakes, and tsarmis, to which I am more inclined to donate my meagre resources ... I then called them "stupid, unthinking, ill-educated, northern hemisphereically self-centred morons, who should be looking to donate to their own, about-to-collapse economy etc etc ... I'm really a nice fella, most of the time, and I felt ashamed of myself afterwards ... however,
I use this to point out to be careful what you place on Facebook ... the owners don't give a pile of frog poo what happens to it, or who uses it, a fact they are constantly proving and demonstrating their unwillingness to correct errors or their own incompetance.
puff, puff, pant, pant, a-th... the...th... that's all folks!
It does you good to let off a bit of steam now and again. I totally agree.
That is the key you need to spell-check your stuff.
You will usually need to transport your stuff to Word, deposit it there, Spellcheck and correct, then spellcheck again.
And don't forget, spellcheck is not perfect, so Re-Read your wok.
Desperately in need of a sub ... I like to call it creative dyslexia ... promise I'll do better when I'm not so het up ...
Must re-read that book.
You've been reading the wrong book!
They have. One tv channel put together a doco, " 2011, 87 days of calamity" or similar, and aired it recently.
Los Angeles, Crescent City - harbour destroyed, four swept into sea, one feared dead in waves from Japanese Tsunami. Read more at http://www.latimes.com/news/la-me-crescent-city-harbor-destroyed-20110311,0,1559190.story
Thousands evacuated near Japanese nuclear plant - at http://www.skynews.com.au/topstories/article.aspx?id=588019&vId=
the second article cited includes the paragraph " evacuation advice issued for up to 6000 people living within 3km of Fukushima no 1 plant. where they're considering venting radioactive steam...
Within a circle of 3km radius there is an area of 28 square kilometres.
And there are no more than . . . Six Thousand People living on this . . Twenty Eight Square Kilometres?
I believe the news services completely, Don't you?
"Give me Land, . . lots of land, . . and the starry sky above, . . Don't fence me in."
Why is it the the "me too" brigade come out in full force at times like this.
I took a good look at the Usa contribution, Crescent City, wherever That is. The harbour didn't look all that bad to me, the boats 'crushed' by the tsunami looked just about as rust-streaked and about to fall apart as they did yesterday and the day before, The solitary fatality was a wanker with a camera.
Oh yes, in Elk Creek (pop'n 1600) the rising waters, reached the doors of the 'community center' (sic). Shall we send trauma counsellors to Elk Creek Community Centre?
Kilroy. of the 'me too' brigade
My parents are currently travelling in New Zealand, so I heard of this news with some shock - my father-in-law called as soon as he heard, to see if they were in the Christchurch area at all. An immediate call to my mother (RehanahDavis) got her answering machine, but she has since texted to let me know that she and Dad are nowhere near Christchurch. Which was a huge relief for me - but my heart goes out to those hundreds, if not thousands, of people affected. I know that some of our GOT members have family in NZ, so my thoughts and prayers are with you.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/large-quake-hits-new-zealand/story-e6frf7jo-1226009955454 seems to give a fairly comprehensive coverage of the story.
I guess we have all checked that family and friends are OK, but how incredible the coverage has been and oh how sad that one of the broken buildings is now in the recovery status and not rescue.
I still can't believe the Cathedral will be demolished- anyone who has travelled to Christchurch would know what an icon it has always been in the CBD.
It's also wonderful the rapid supply of experts in rescue from Australia and elsewhere, but great to see those NSW jackets early this morning, literally on the ground, ready to go!
I'm still absolutely devastated! However I am happy for our friends who came out of this awful situation unscathed. They were not in Christchurch but further south and are hoping to get to Auckland on Thursday ( don't blame them).
We also have a friend from the UK who will be visiting us in 2 weeks who arrived in Christchurch last evening. Yes he was in the CBD when the earthquake struck. He is staying with his brother in the 'burbs and when he TXTd they were experiencing yet another aftershock. I think he too will be glad to leave Christchurch, on Friday in his case.
What a terrible day it has been. I hate earthquakes, having grown up in Wellington and experiencing them as a child- very scary!
We finally had an email from him last evening. I had mentioned he was staying in the suburbs with his brother and all was well. In actual fact he was in the CBD when the quake struck. His first thought was to check on his brother's apartment in the city. He was there when the 1st aftershock hit.
Reading his email left me aghast - he could have been killed but not used to earthquakes his thoughts were obviously on how his brother's place had weathered the quake. As it turns out, the whole building will be demolished. I think he is still a bit fragile, but I'm sure he will have more to tell us when he arrives.
Glad to hear Mum and Dad are not in Ch-Ch but unfortunately we have friends who are holidaying in the area and we are just trying to contact them. Just so so sad.
Apparently the networks can't cope with the surge in phone calls - they are urging everyone to text instead. And there's been an emergency hotline set up for Aussies who are wanting information on family / friends: 1300 555 135.
I've been nearly in tears watching it all on TV. As Hubby said, we'll put the tragedy in Libya on hold today while there's one nearer for us to sympathise with.
Yes the newspeople do a good job of stirring emotions, but then they have our un-divided attention whilst they're on screen. Do people chatter during the news, like they used to around the tea-table, NO sir !
So, they can fill our heads with whatever emotions they want, no matter how nonsensical. " Fatalities are now 65, but that number is expected to rise". Was anyone expecting people to do a LAzarus and lower that number?
And in NZ there seem to be an awful lot of people in FLuoro red and yellow, running about in groups, but not actually Doing anything, except hauling a fellow with a ladder away from a building, (they later brought in a mechanised laddder, which made Much Better TV Pictures, you'll agree.)
And midday news today announced there are 74 urban search and rescue people from Qld arriving, and another 74 from NSW, (what a co-incidence, same number from each state?) and more from Singapore, Taiwan and a few other places. What i want to know is ... What were these people doing last week, and who is paying them to do it? .
and no mention of the twelve thousand who died in the usa yesterday, but that was not filmed..
It looks as though now they are seeing a mutant form of Polio...
Just thought I'd give us all a brief respite from all the 'floods'.
A British court has convicted a man of assault and placed him under a two-week curfew for throwing a snowball at a female police officer.
Dean Smith was shopping with his family before Christmas in the town of Swadlincote, central England, when he chucked the snowball at the officer.
The 31-year-old pleaded guilty to common assault at the court in Derby, central England. He was handed a 14-day curfew and ordered to pay 85 pounds costs.
Before his conviction, Smith said he thought it had been a joke when police turned up at his door several days after he threw the snowball.
"I couldn't understand it. When they took me to the police station I thought it was a joke at first," said Smith, quoted in The Daily Telegraph newspaper.
"How much has all this cost the taxpayer?"
However, prosecutors said Smith had been acting aggressively because of a grudge and pointed out he had previously been convicted for obstructing a police officer.
Under the terms of his curfew, Smith reportedly has to wear an electronic tag and stay at home between 7:00pm and 7:00am for the next two weeks.
So what do you think? Too harsh? Not harsh enough?
I note the miscreant was 31 yoa. So, a childish prank wouldn't wash with the magistrate.
He already had 'form' it seems. Perhaps he has a vendetta going against the cops?
What accompanied the snowball ... like "Get #$%**!! you %#@**!fascist ##@$!**! maggot ... or words to that effect? (use imagination).
If what we know is true, I reckon the idiot might've profitted from a few hours on the rock-pile (or better still, in the stocks) to help change his ways. Not for throwing the snowball ... it probably missed anyway. Just for being an objectionable twit!
PS. I remember a very unusual snow storm hitting Moe in central Gippsland when I was a callow youth. Some moron landed a bloody snowball right between my eyes as I was leaving the front door of the bank where I worked. It hit me like a rock (whoever it was had compressed the thing into an ice missile!).
Believe me, snowballs can hurt.
Larry King, America's interviewer-in-chief, ended his record-setting career as CNN's prime-time, talk-show host Thursday night with a serenade from Tony Bennett, a greeting from President Obama and a "Larry King Day" proclamation from California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Those guests and others capped his 25-year run behind the microphone with CNN.
"Welcome to the last 'Larry King Live.' It's hard to say that," King said in his opening remarks to his last show.
He was joined on the set by comedian Bill Maher and television host Ryan Seacrest.
On several occasions, King stifled tears, especially when Maher put King in the same company as TV legends Johnny Carson, Steve Allen and Walter Cronkite.
"This is not Larry's funeral," Maher interjected early in the show. "Larry is hopefully going to be in our living rooms for years to come. This is the end of a show, not the end of a man."
King wore his signature suspenders -- a pair of red ones with a red-and-white polka-dot tie over a black shirt.
At end of his hourlong broadcast, King became choked up with his final sentences.
"It's not very often in my life that I've been without words," King said. He thanked his staff and producers.
"When I started 25 years ago in a little studio in Washington, D.C., I never thought it would last this long or come to this," King said. "I'm going to do specials on CNN and do radio work ... so you're not going to see me go away, but you're not going to see me on this set any more.
"I don't know what to say, except to you my audience, thank you. And instead of goodbye, how about so long?" King concluded.
His set then went black -- except for a spotlight illuminating his chrome microphone.
Read more at: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/celebrity.news.gossip/12/16/larry.king.finale/
A senior Chinese delegate on Friday urged his fellow international officials to extend the commitments of the environmental Kyoto Protocol, which is set expire in 2012 and has been a contentious issue at this week’s U.N. Climate Change Conference in Cancún, Mexico.
“If any balanced outcome can be produced in international climate change, there must be a continuation of KP,” said China’s Huikang Huang at a press conference in Cancún, in reference to the Kyoto Protocol. “There must be a second period. Without this element there will be no balance.”
Read more at:http://www.marketwatch.com/story/china-calls-for-kyoto-protocol-extension-2010-12-03?siteid=rss&rss=1
Alien life has been among us all along, according to new biological findings announced by NASA Thursday.
Research conducted by biochemist Dr. Felisa Wolfe-Simon from the U.S. Geological Survey has turned the quest for alien life on its ear, suggesting that phosphorous, carbon, and the other fundamental elements found in every living thing on Earth aren't the only signs of life. Wolfe-Simon will explain the findings at a hotly anticipated NASA press conference today at 2 p.m.
Story courtesy John Brandon at FoxNews. Read the full article at http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/12/02/alien-life-nasa-titan-arsenic-bacteria/
can't say i'm surprised by this at all,other planets are made up of entirely different chemicals than our earth,it only stands to reason life on them would be made up of different chemicals,at least that has been my take on it,ellie
The publication of a quarter-million sensitive diplomatic cables Sunday exposed years of U.S. foreign-policy maneuvering that could prove embarrassing to the U.S. and its allies, especially in the Islamic world.
Among activities detailed in the documents was the extensive, and increasingly successful, push by the U.S. for an international consensus to confront Iran's nuclear program. Five newspapers obtained early access to the documents, which had been gathered by the website WikiLeaks.
The cables showed how some Arab leaders were largely in sync with Israel to support greater financial penalties, if not military operations, against Iran unless it abandons its nuclear ambitions. Regarding Iran, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah was portrayed in an April 2008 memo as having told the U.S. "to cut off the head of the snake."
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one of the advantages of Yankee-Speak is that it's obvious.
"publication of a quarter-million" The civilised world would say " quarter of a million", so the first sentence shows this article was lazily lifted from somewhere else, quite probably usa, given the quote from the article . . .
U.S. intelligence believes Iran has obtained from North Korea powerful missiles able to reach European capitals notably Jerusalem
I'll also ask why the document needs the ID number "SB10001424052748704700204575642812775841790"
How many articles are there ??
No other country is mentioned other than usa, as well. except that Arabs and Jews will now be embarassed to know that the WORLD NOW KNOWS how they were both hornswoggled by the us into damning Iran.