Sunday, May 20, 2018

The sort of people who read various Australian newspapers

I just received this in via e-mail, and think it’s worth sharing.

Some Australian papers are missing from the list, such as The Guardian (Australia edition), as are most smaller/regional papers. Here’s a fairly complete list of Australian papers.

It set me wondering what could be said, in a similar vein, about readers of newspapers published in other countries. Feel free to add your comments!

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1. The Australian Financial Review is read by the people who run the country.

2. The Canberra Times is read by people who think they run the country.

3. The Australian is read by people who think they should run the country, and who are very good at crossword puzzles.

4 The Sydney Morning Herald is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don't really understand The Australian.

5. The Courier Mail is read by people who wouldn't mind running the country, if they didn't have to leave Queensland to do it

6. The Age is read by people whose parents used to run the country.

7. The Melbourne Herald Sun is read by people who aren't too sure who's running the country and don't really care as long as they can get a seat on the train and read Hagar and Snake

8. The Sydney Daily Telegraph is read by people who don't care who is running the country as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.

9. The West Australian is read by people who are in prison, who used to run the state, and would like to do so again, as would their constituents who are currently free on bail.

10. The Hobart Mercury is (slowly) read by people who are running another country, but need the Aussie Rules scores.

11. Crikey is read by people who aren't sure if there is a country or that anyone is running it; but if so, they oppose all that they stand for. There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are gay, handicapped, minority, feminist, atheists, and those who also happen to be illegal aliens from any other country or galaxy, provided of course, that they are not conservatives.

12. The Adelaide Advertiser is read by people trapped in a line at the supermarket waiting for the electricity to come back on.

13. The Northern Territory Times is read by people who have recently caught a fish and need something to wrap it in.

Monday, April 23, 2018

nOracle - a strange, questionable website

nOracle
QuestiOns nO answers

nOracle is nO Oracle

nOracle has nO answers

Only QuestiOns

nOracle thinks, it's rarely black Or white

� what dO yOu think ?

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Stumbled upon this website yesterday.
https://www.noracle.net/

Here are the questions:
https://www.noracle.net/questions/

Here are the answers:
https://www.noracle.net/answers

I have my own questions:
Why would anybody create such a site?
What was their thinking behind it?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Hiroshima - August 1946 New Yorker article by John Hersey

John Hersey's famous article in The New Yorker on  31 August 1946.

Download your preferred document format at http://asiapac.com.au/misc/nuclear/

What it was really like, and sadly the threat is still there for all of us.

During the 1960s, I remember waking up with a start one morning when a very bright light shone upon me, and I thought that a nuclear weapon had been exploded over Melbourne. It turned out only to be the morning sunlight streaming through a small gap in the curtains, but that experience has been with me ever since.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Best way to land on the Sun

Kim Jong-In announced at a news conference that North Korea would be sending a man to the sun within ten years!

A reporter said - "But the sun is too hot. How can your man land on the sun?”

There was a stunned silence. Nobody knew how to react.

Kim Jong-In quietly answered  "We will land at night”.

The gathering and everyone in North Korea watching on television broke into thunderous applause.

Back in Washington, Donald Trump and his entourage were watching the news conference

When Trump heard what Kim said, he sneered - "What an idiot. Everybody knows there’s no sun at night.”

His cabinet and everyone working in the White House broke into thunderous applause.


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I'm smarter than both of them!
My solution would be to land on the sun during a solar eclipse ...

Total solar eclipse
Solar Eclipse

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Jobs lost, jobs gained - Don’t’ worry, it’s ok. Well, it’s not ok


See the post on LinkedIn by John Sheridan (28 February 2018):

Jobs lost, jobs gained - Don’t’ worry, it’s ok. Well, it’s not ok

What does it all mean
(a) in the shorter term, for current workers; and
(b) in the longer term, for the younger ones still studying?

I’m an old (and now retired) geezer who spent decades in the technology arena, where jobs seen still to be relatively safe, and am glad now to be past being active in the workforce!

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Mother and father explain sex to young daughter

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Father gives typical faux-evolutionist explanation.

Mother more accurate!

Click the above image to watch the 45-second video.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Australia plays double game, driving China containment in Washington and London

I’m a simple technologist with not much experience in matters political, nevertheless I do find articles like the following quite interesting, especially since they offer information that doesn’t have much sway in the mainstream media.

Remember, these comments and references are from an Australian perspective.
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Citizens Electoral Council of Australia

Media Release Friday, 2 March 2018

Craig Isherwood‚ National Secretary
PO Box 376‚ COBURG‚ VIC 3058
Phone: 1800 636 432 ….  +61 3 9354 0544
Email:
cec@cecaust.com.au
Website: http://www.cecaust.com.au

Australia plays double game, driving China containment in Washington, London

If Australia wants a mutually beneficial relationship with China, it is time to stop the doublespeak. On one hand we praise the opportunities provided by China’s rise, upon which our economy has come to depend; on the other we cast China as a “threat” to the world. This is a two-faced approach to international relations that is not in Australia’s national interest, but in service of the Anglo-American world order mired in economic collapse and permanent war.

With the “special relationship” between the UK and USA under strain due to Britain’s blatant interference in the US election to stop Donald Trump from improving relations with Russia, Australia has taken on the role of Anglo-American go-between. While Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was in London gushing over the UK’s “Global Britain” strategy of deploying its navy worldwide to recapture its colonial glory as the enforcer of global free trade, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was in Washington, trying to convince Trump of the importance of the rule of (Anglo-American) law in the Asia-Pacific region.

Australia twists itself in knots to play this game. After the US National Defence Strategy in December named China and Russia as greater threats than terrorism, Turnbull and Bishop expressed public disagreement. Their government’s 2016 Defence White Paper and 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper tell a different story, however. The former portrays China as the single greatest threat to the “rules-based global order”; the latter makes strengthening that order Australia’s top priority. One US analyst described Australia’s new foreign policy as merely “a more polite version” of America’s new National Security Strategy. The establishment media calls this two-facedness “balanced rhetoric”.

Turnbull went even further before he left for the USA, telling Sky News that “we do not describe China as a threat”, because a threat combines both capability and intent, and whilst China certainly has capability, “we do not see any hostile intent from China”. Yet at the June 2017 Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Turnbull lectured China against unilateral actions, coercion and breaching the sovereignty of other nations, suggesting China uses its economic largesse to dominate the region. In January, Australia’s spy agency ASIO reportedly listed China as an “extreme” threat to Australia, and Turnbull is ramming draconian foreign influence laws through Parliament targeted primarily at counteracting fabricated claims of Chinese interference.

Furthermore, since the election of Trump, Turnbull has urged the USA to return to the Bush-Obama policy of containing China. His Foreign Policy White Paper demands America’s role in Asia be strengthened as “an essential underpinning of the rules-based order” and a counterweight to China. Turnbull is now the biggest promoter of the revived US-Japan-India-Australia Quadrilateral Security Dialogue as a military and economic alliance, and the anti-China Trans-Pacific Partnership, reborn as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership—all to undermine China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

In Washington, Turnbull met with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who on 13 February issued a new US intelligence assessment which warned that China’s actions are undermining Asia—read Anglo-American power in Asia: “Countries in the region will struggle to preserve foreign policy autonomy in the face of Chinese economic and diplomatic coercion”, it stated. Australia has stoked this fear, most recently in relation to Pacific Island nations, which have told Australia in no uncertain terms to butt out.

Australia is playing this double game in tandem with the masters of two-faced diplomacy, the UK. On 13 February during his visit to Australia, UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson told the ABC that “Australia [and] Britain see China as a country of great opportunities, but we shouldn’t be blind to the ambition that China has and we’ve got to defend our national security interests.” (Emphasis added.) Bizarrely, Williamson announced that in March Britain would conduct a freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea to challenge China. Most shocking is nobody asked what on earth the South China Sea has to do with Britain’s national security. American neoconservatives and liberal interventionists have pushed for Australia to do the same, the new US ambassador to Australia, four-star Admiral Harry Harris, among them. This is where the game gets dangerous—military provocations can quickly spiral out of control.

The TPP—more than trade

The TPP has become a not-so-secret Trojan Horse for defending the “rules-based order”—better called the “our” rules-based order—against Chinese efforts to supersede it with a new “win-win” economic architecture based upon cooperation on mutually-beneficial economic development. In his 25 February speech to leaders of the National Governors Association (NGA) conference in Washington, DC, which promoted Australia’s failed privatisation model for infrastructure over China’s successful state-directed approach, Turnbull made clear that the TPP was far from just an economic and trade policy agreement; rather it is a political and strategic intervention. Bishop delivered the same line to the UK Chamber of Commerce on 19 February.

Turnbull linked the TPP to the proposal for the USA and Australia to lead an infrastructure initiative of the Quad countries in the “Indo-Pacific” region. In order for the initiative to work in Southeast Asia or the Pacific Islands, Turnbull said, “we need to get on with the post-war project of shaping an environment in which the most competitive and rule abiding companies can succeed”—namely multinational corporations. Mapping out a vision for “a single inclusive free trade zone of the Indo-Pacific” (minus China!), Turnbull explained the role of the TPP: “And that’s why, as I said, we backed the Trans-Pacific Partnership so strongly not just because of the market access it delivers—which is very beneficial, creates jobs and investment, but because it creates the rules of the road we need to match the economic journey we’re embarking on.” (Emphasis added.)

While Turnbull said Australia looked forward to working with all countries, including China, he stipulated it would only be “on those infrastructure projects that meet the criteria of transparency, fairness, accountability and market need”—in other words, Australia’s definition of infrastructure, namely the Public-Private Partnership model which has proven to be a blatant public rip-off to profit investment banks. Turnbull did not say why Australia refuses to join China’s Belt and Road project, which we would do were we genuine about wanting collaboration.

For his part, Donald Trump didn’t seem persuaded by Turnbull. He indicated he had not changed his mind on the TPP, and praised the US-China relationship as “probably closer than we’ve ever had”.

“China is not interested in the so-called ‘competition of systems’,” Chinese congresswoman and senior diplomat Fu Ying wrote in the German Times following the 16- 18 February Munich Security Conference. Fu said China would not be repeating the mistakes of the Western world by attempting to impose its own values and model on other nations. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, asked for his reaction to the alternative infrastructure plans of the Quad countries, responded that China’s plans are “open and inclusive” and all are welcome. “All countries should strengthen such kind of international cooperation so as to promote regional and global economic development for the benefit of all.” (Emphasis added.)

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Los ordenadores son inútiles - How useless can things get?

"Los ordenadores son inútiles. Sólo pueden darte respuestas."

 ... Translation: "Computers are useless. They can only give you answers."

This is one of the many perceptive sayings of Pablo Picasso.

Uselessness abounds:



Do you have any equally insightful references (about computers, or anything else for that matter)?

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

No, No, Nanette–A typical example of low-level ransomware


The mail message below was sent to a fictitious address at my mail domain, there's no Nanette here.


And if you're too young to get my subject line,
see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No,_No,_Nanette
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Anyway, I always keep my webcam pointed towards the ceiling, just in case!  ;-)

-----------------------  A PLEASANT MESSAGE TO RECEIVE -----------------------

Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2018 4:54:50 +0000
From: "Bowen Leicht" <jnalnko@ile-olujiekunijamalandandpeople.com>
Reply-To: "Bowen Leicht" <multirbl@gmail.com>
To: nanette.kellyqz@my-maildomin-was-here


Subject: HOP: [nanette.kellyqz@my-maildomin-was-here] 21/02/2018 :47:10 I hope this is our last conversation


Ticket Dеtails: HOP-579-38273
Email: nanette.kellyqz@my-maildomin-was-here


Camera ready,Notification: 21/02/2018 06:47:10
Status: Waiting for Reply 94xuYaAy2A3f15wFnGmHkW5LrR0Wy65Mu2_Priority: Normal
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hi,


If u were more vigilant while playing with yourself, I wouldn't write did message. I don't think that playing with yourself is very awful, but when all colleagues, relatives and friends receive video record of it- it is obviously news.


I adjusted virus on a porn site which you have visited. When the target tap on a play button, device starts recording the screen and all cameras on your device starts working.


Moreover, soft makes a remote desktop supplied with key logger function from ur system , so I could collect all contacts from your e-mail, messengers and other social networks. I'm writing on did e-mail cuz It's your working address, so you should read it.


I suppose that 320 usd is pretty enough for this little false. I made a split screen video(records from screen (u have interesting tastes ) and camera ohh... its funny AF)


So its ur choice, if u want me to erase ur disgrace use my bitcoin wallet address:  1Ddm7UWzMTrY1q51XhzAdwvkU15JW4nzk4


You have one day after opening my message, I put the special tracking pixel in it, so when you will open it I will see.If ya want me to share proofs with ya, reply on this letter and I will send my creation to five contacts that I've got from ur device.


P.S... U can try to complain to police, but I don't think that they can help, the investigation will last for 5 month- I'm from Estonia - so I dgf LOL

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Clever way to apply BAND-AIDs

Many of the best ideas can be simple to implement.

Here’s one that certainly is:

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Click the image to watch the video,

and be sure to share it around.