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September 22, 2010

Only Two Men

Filed under: Uncategorized — ralphbuttigieg @ 4:09 pm

Only Two Men12 men have walked on the lunar surface. But only two have descended to the ocean’s deepest point. Shown here are Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard on their January 23, 1960 mission to the bottom of the Marianas Trench in the western Pacific. The temperature outside sat at freezing. The light was lost at around 500 feet, some seven miles above them and the pressure on the capsule in which there were riding was 354 million pounds. They exceeded the capability by more than 12 times the rated max depth of the most advanced 21st century military submarine.


February 9, 2010

Women better off in the 1950’s

Filed under: Uncategorized — ralphbuttigieg @ 10:44 pm

Thats what the National Foundation of Australian Women thinks:

A new study that examined barriers to women entering the work force found they had more help from the Federal Government’s job-seeking services in the 1950s.

And that was at a time when women were viewed largely as mothers and wives, not in today’s society when both partners frequently needed to work to survive.

The new privatised government employment services give women advice on the local job market and training opportunities but they don’t get the complete suite of employment services available to unemployed people on welfare, the report says……

“The Commonwealth Employment Service, set up in 1947, allowed anyone to rock up to the CES – married women, single women, teenagers, anybody of age – and it was a national scheme and you would be entitled to assistance in being placed,” she said.

“We are worse off than we were in the 1950s because it has been rejigged and all farmed out to private operators.”

Government subsidies to fix unsightly dental problems, buy appropriate clothes, mentoring and help finding a childcare place are government employment services unavailable to women with a working partner.

What a load of rubbish. One of the best things Howard did was privitise the CES. Its was a useless organisation, the standard joke was nobody knew anybody who found work through the CES. Also please tell me how many subsidies to fix bad teeth and bad clothes the CES gave to ANYBODY in 1947?

January 30, 2010

Changes to website

Filed under: Uncategorized — ralphbuttigieg @ 7:20 am

Haloscan is being abolished and the only way to remove from the blog  it was to change the template. So I have reverted to a classic template and will be installing something more flashy soon.

December 31, 2009

The real reason for exploring Enceladus

Filed under: Uncategorized — ralphbuttigieg @ 8:33 am
Happy New Year !

December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Filed under: Uncategorized — ralphbuttigieg @ 3:57 am

December 19, 2009

"Hookers Are Killing Polar Bears And Now You Can’t Water Your Lawn."

Filed under: Uncategorized — ralphbuttigieg @ 4:47 am

Mark Steyn: It’s settled; climate circus was a fairy tale

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October 31, 2009

Higher speed limits?

Filed under: Uncategorized — ralphbuttigieg @ 11:09 am
Good to see there’s a move for more sensible speed limits. The cynic in me says it won’t happen because of the lose in speeding ticket revenue.

Not according to pro-speed campaigners, who are agitating for governments around the country and around the world to raise speed limits, particularly in rural areas and on stretches of high-quality highway.

They passionately argue boredom and frustration, rather than speed, are the main killers when people are travelling between isolated rural communities.

With car safety rapidly improving, they see remote parts of western NSW and Queensland, the Nullarbor, north-west Victoria and parts of Western Australia and South Australia as prime candidates for a substantially increased speed limit. Some advocate the total removal of speed limits on these types of roads as a way of reducing the road toll.

October 9, 2009

The Noble Peace Prize is a joke

Filed under: Uncategorized — ralphbuttigieg @ 10:14 am

He has been in office less then a year and has had no significant international success but Obama wins the Nobel Peace prize:

US President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize today.

He was awarded the prize for giving the world “hope for a better future” with his work for peace and calls to reduce the global stockpile of nuclear weapons.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Mr Obama for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples”.

The first African-American to hold his country’s highest office, Mr Obama has called for disarmament and worked to restart the stalled Middle East peace process since taking office in January.

“Very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future,” the committee said in a citation. 

Absolutely pathetic.

August 31, 2009

Ted Kennedy’s funeral is over. My only comment

Filed under: Uncategorized — ralphbuttigieg @ 2:20 am


August 15, 2009

Small and Simple Souls

Filed under: Uncategorized — ralphbuttigieg @ 11:15 am

I just love this video:

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