Lateline At Its Best

Tonight’s Lateline program: Tony Jones interviews John Cleese and Eric Idle.



April Fools’ Day At Google And The White House

I admit I didn’t instantly realise it was an April Fools’ Day joke.

Google can score it as a win.

I thought the number of visitors to AustralianPolitics.com from the International Space Station Control Room was unusual when I checked the traffic figures on Google Analytics this morning.

The real-time Location Map of visitors to the site said there was 41 of them.

They were in the United States. Later, they had moved to Australia:

Google

By this evening they seemed to be somewhere over the Pacific Ocean:

Google

The White House’s video titled “A Statement From the Briefing Room” was a little easier to pick.

 


Gillard Announces The End Of The World

Oh dear.

This is a video appearance by Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Triple J’s End of the World Show.



Day 17 – Amusing Ourselves To Defeat

Day 17 of the election campaign centred on the desperate attempt to resuscitate the campaign of Prime Minister Gillard.

But it began with a televised confrontation between Fiona Patten of the Sex Party and Wendy Francis from Family First. Since the “debate” was on Channel 7’s Sunrise program, it necessarily lacked gravitas but contained many loud buzzers to signal the thirty-second time limits.

Patten was out-talked by a more confident Francis and it reminded me of my conversation with Martin Leahy, the Sex Party candidate for the Victorian seat of La Trobe.

I met Leahy at the ballot draw, an arcane ritual complete with tattslotto style cages, numbered balls and blindfolded Electoral Commission staff. A two-stage selection of the numbered balls takes place, the first to allocate numbers to candidates, the second to designate the order of candidates on the ballot paper. [Read more…]


Capitalism Around The Globe

UPDATE – April 9, 2015

The team at WikiMoney have turned ‘Capitalism Around The Globe’ into a graphic. I’ve left the original words-only post at the bottom of the page.

Capitalism Around The World

Okay, it’s not new, but it seemed a good time to recycle it:

TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM

– You have two cows.
– You sell one and buy a bull.
– Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows.
– You sell them and retire on the income.

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Humour In The Financial Crisis

Q: How do you define optimism?
A: A banker who irons five shirts on a Sunday.

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Q: What’s the difference between an investment banker and a large pizza?
A: The pizza can feed a family of four.

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A stockholder comments on the crisis: “It’s worse than a divorce. I’ve lost half my net worth and I still have a wife.”


Truss Announces Australia-North Pole Air Services Agreement

An air services agreement has been reached between Australia and the North Pole that will allow Santa Claus to fly through Australian airspace on Christmas Eve, according to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Warren Truss.

Truss“Rigorous safety checks of Santa’s sleigh and reindeer” have been carried out and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has provided “dispensation allowing the sleigh to fly lower than 1,000 feet over built-up areas.” [Read more…]