Saturday, 26 June 2010

New PM

Given that it's a rather big thing I suppose I should write something about it.

Basically, I don't really care. Yes I see it's historical but I also see it as a very clever ploy. Rudd started to do rather badly, I guess that's because he was elected as "Not potentially Peter Costello" and then we learned that he was pretty much a git. I think many people could see that Labor would lose and that the next PM would be Tony Abbott.

Now Labor has a better chance of winning, and if that happens we would see our first elected female PM. Personally I think this change has made Labor more appealing to people who turned away from Labor because they didn't like Rudd.

I think we're just going to have to wait and see what happens.

Thursday, 24 June 2010


Germany beat Ghana 1 - 0 this morning. This I am very happy about, since I was worried that Germany wouldn't get through.

Australia beat Serbia 2 - 1 at the same time.

Sadly they won't get through because they have a worse goal difference then Ghana.

Although I supported Germany in the first match I really wanted Australia to get through to the next round as well, and I really hoped that it would happen, but there weren't enough goals.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Woman wins "right to die".

The SA Supreme Court has ruled that a woman has the "right to die" and the nursing home that she lives in will not face charges for assisting suicide.

The latter was the reason for the case, the home did not know if they would be allowed to fulfil her wishes without being charged. So now they will fulfil her wishes, and not feed her or give her insulin.

This follows a similar ruling in WA, where a quadriplegic man was permitted to do the same thing.

Now I may not be the most up to date person when it comes to the whole "right to die" issue, but I think I'm pretty sure that this is not what is meant by groups that support voluntary euthanasia.

In fact I think this is pretty much the complete opposite of what they want. I have trouble seeing this as a woman winning the right to die, but more as the woman winning the right to kill herself slowly. The man from WA, Christian Rossiter died from a chest infection in September 2009.

They don't say how long he was starving himself, this article suggests that it would have taken him about 2 weeks.

Is this really the option that people in horrible pain can choose if they want to end their life? About 2 weeks of not eating, possibly causing more pain? Frankly we treat animals better then that, and they don't get to choose.

If we are going to be a society that allows people the right to die, perhaps there should be a better option then this.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Westall conspiracy

If conspiracy theorists have taught me anything it's that there are no coincidences.

I saw an ad on TV for some show on Sci Fi about the Westall UFO, and what happens to be this week's Skeptoid? That's right, the Westall UFO.

Clearly this means that Brian Dunning is being paid by Sci Fi to get people to search for the UFO and learn about the show since there is no other explanation.

Now to go cash my cheques from Sci Fi and Big Pseudoscience...