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Perhaps no Dehli on the telly

Perhaps no Dehli on the telly?

The roof is falling in.

Perhaps no more Commonwealth Games?

It has now proved that you cant just keep building sporting arenas – especially when the bulk of your country lives in or near poverty. Olympic and Commonwealth Games – and World Cup Soccer.  Why not just re-use those that are already built. Have the sport- but save some money. Many in India would much prefer a hospital to a swimming pool centre or a weight lifting auditorium – albeit with a dodgy ceiling.

The Holy See

Oh we see. And it is far from holy.

On his recent trip to the UK Pope Benedict the XVI had a chance to make a major announcement on action by the Catholic Church on how they might start to answer for their deplorable behaviour.

It cant be a case of not having enough money to cover legal and compensation costs.

The Catholic Church has BILLION$ and it could easily compensate with some real money. Money will alone will not erase what has happened – but it’s a way to help victims get their lives in order.

The Vatican’s Bank  is known officially as the Institute for Religious Works (IOR). It looks after a lot of the Catholic purse.

Thank you, but we are well aware of the Catholic Church and some of its recent and past attempts at “religious works”.

So they have an “institute”? Well the Institute has now been found transfering many millions of Euros from its account to other Italian and European banks – and the Italian Tax Office is very interested.

The BBC recently reported:

The head of the Vatican Bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, is under investigation as part of a money-laundering inquiry, police sources say. Prosecutors also seized 23m euros ($30m; £19m) from the bank’s accounts with another smaller institution. The inquiry was launched after two suspicious transactions were reported to tax police in Rome.

The Vatican said it was “perplexed and astonished”, and expressed full confidence in Mr Tedeschi. The Vatican Bank, known officially as the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), was created during World War II to administer accounts held by religious orders, cardinals, bishops and priests.

Read it all at the BBC.

What can you say? They have hundreds of billions of dollars in deposits, stocks and property etc. They then try to “ship” some of the money off to avoid taxes. And yet they refuse to properly deal with the whole matter of abuse and the ensuing cover-up.

I dont think there is a long Papacy ahead for Pope Benedict XVI.

Before he became Pope, Joseph Alois Ratzinger, once the Archbishop of Munich, was in a position to do something about the abuse he was aware of, and any cover up.

He didn’t.

He must act now, or make way for a new leader of the Church. He has yet to do anything – apart from delivering a few well rehearsed platitudes – as he did on his recent UK visit.

The Church just lurches from one calamitous issue to another.

The NBN is a nation-building thang

The NBN is a nation-building thang

It helped decide an election

I long for a fast and lasting Internet connection

But I dont like the NBN’s chances of getting an erection

I’ll go on having  a coffee and a read of the paper

As my webpages gasp and struggle to refresh

I’ll miss that great bargain on eBay as my bid turns up 10 seconds late

My downloads, in their many forms

Face a long and uncertain fate

The Coalition would prefer we have a slower, cheaper connection

Using technology that is made up of wires, sticks, glue and blu-tack

The Rainbow Government members really like the NBN and the part it played in their election

But they have a cost blow-out fear and tales of householder connnection rejection

So let’s just get on with it Australia

We cant be the slow ones on the net

Let’s just build the best one

That everyone can afford to get

Might I offer a word or two to the wise for the pollies

Do it once – do it well – do it for everyone

Just drop the politics and agree that the NBN is a nation-building-thang.

Twittered

The recent hoohar in Australia over the Logie night Tweets of Catherine Deveney brings into sharp focus the challenges that lay ahead in attempts at so-called “filtering” the web.

The elephant in the room is web censorship. For so long it’s been obvious that as each day and minute passes more and more material is posted. How can it be filtered? Posters and hosters will just keep moving the content around to defy URL tracking and blacklisting. It will be a “war” that will not be won.

Where does the so-called censorship stop? How many steps will we be from a dictatorial state that says what we can see and read?

The breadth of the challenge in getting “filtering” to find general acceptance is broader than the Internet itself!

What if reports of the Dodo’s demise were a tad hasty?

The Dodo - perhaps it lives on...somewhere

The Dodo - perhaps it lives on...somewhere

What if the famous Dodo bird were found not to be extinct? Thousands may one day may be found to still survive on some hitherto unknown island near Mauritius? What would we do then? “Dead as a Dodo” or “to go the way of the Dodo” will be no more.

Raphus cucullatus will be thumbing their seriously huge bills at us – nah nah nah nah!

We will then have to find another seriously unlucky ex-species to use as a euphemism for “being gone for all money” – or dead.

Dead as a democracy perhaps?

Men getting it in the face…

Bill Gates takes a pie in the gob

Bill Gates takes a pie in the gob

Mike Rann, Tiger Woods and now Silvio Berlusconii. These men have taken one in the gob from some crossed and/or digruntled soul in recent weeks and months. What have they done to deserve that sort of treatment? Mike, over in South Australia, might feel a tad aggrieved in being a target of some public ridicule, and to be thrown in the pot with Tiger and Silvio.

We need to have more pies in faces – like the good ol’ days. Drop the assassination and pick up pies – or the number 3 iron, a fist or a miniature replica of Milan’s Gothic cathedral. The world would be a better place.

3 Dozen things about life

1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
2. Don’t worry about what people think, they don’t do it very often.
3. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car.
4. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
5. If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you’ve never tried before.
6. My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.
7. Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.
8. A person who is nice to you but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.
9. For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.
10. If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.
11. Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of cheques.
12. A conscience is what hurts when all of your other parts feel so good.
13. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she’s pregnant unless you can see the baby’s head emerging.
1 4. Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.
15. No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes.
16. A balanced diet is a beer and burger in each hand.
17. Middle age is when the broadness of your mind and the narrowness of the waist swap.
18. Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.
19. Junk is something you’ve kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.
20. There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.
21. Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
22. By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.
23. Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.
24. Someone who thinks logically provides nice contrast to the real world.
25. It ain’t the jeans that make your arse look big.
26. If you had to identify in one word the reason why the human race has not achieved it’s full potential, that word would be ‘meetings’.
27. There is a very fine line between ‘hobby’ and ‘mental illness.’
28. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.
29. You should not confuse your career with your life.
30. Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
31. Never lick a steak knife.
32. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.
33. Cashing in your daylight savings will not get you a longer life.
34. Eat well, stay fit, die anyway.
35. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that deep down inside we ALL believe we are good drivers.
36. Your real friends will still love you – no matter what.

Getting Google to stop looking up your driveway…

A couple in Pennslyvania have tried to stop Google showing the Streetview of their street – but to no avail. The couple are Boring…that’s their surname..how unfortunate – I wonder if they have many friends?

From PCMag.com:

The Borings sued Google in April 2008 for privacy, trespassing, negligence, and unjust enrichment after photographs of their home showed up on Street View, a mapping program that displays street-level, 360-degree photographs of areas traversed by specially equipped Google vehicles.

The photographs in questions were taken at the foot of the Boring’s Pittsburgh area driveway and showed the couple’s house, a pool area, and detached garage. Street View photos of their home are no longer accessible, though the photos live on in the blogosphere and on various Web sites.

Judge Hay said that the Borings failed to prove that the publication of these images caused them to suffer shame or humiliation. She was also unconvinced that Google was guilty of trespassing, as the photographer had caused no harm to the Boring property.

I can sort of understand where they are coming from. When we looked at our house on Street View – you can quite clearly see our son standing at our backdoor – in his boxers! It looks like the Google camera went down the road early one morning, about 18 months ago.

You can see for yourself below:


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An interesting judicial outcome…their house was removed from the view. But that wasnt really the issue – the Borings were after some settlement dosh – how very American!

The amusing thing is that not that many places in Tasmania have been “Googled” in Streetview – the centre of Hobart isnt there – but our little old road in out of the way Woodbridge is there…curious.