France, home of the guillotine; Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité .. now has to contemplate the possibility of a "President Royal" .. ??
Everything else being equal (heh), am guessing that that will be too much of a paradox, even for the French.
John Howard continues to prove that he is still a
Gillard stumbles by publicly making a not so veiled threat to Industry, but immediately recovers with widely reported round of "consultations" with Industry leaders.
Gillard's faux par immediately overshadowed by the airing of a comment about her - made by one of the fusty, dusty fossilised incumbents. "Not suitable for political leadership" he is reported to have said; not married, no children and "deliberately barren". Hooooo boy. What century do these characters live in??
Neil Whitfield has a look at that.
Doesn't matter though, there are those who heard it, and will think on it .. ahhh .. the dirty art of politics, must be an election in the offing.
Still can't figure out why "Nuclear" Australia has to become a debate.
Irrelevant SMOKESCREEN folks. Waste of time and Media space. Let me put it this way .. I don't really CARE WHO - or WHAT - caused the ice in the polar regions to melt. Perhaps the "Intelligent Designer" is getting hot under the collar - watching HIS children shit in their own nappy; perhaps Gaia is suffering from a virus of some sort; perhaps the cosmicalogical sun is going through a periodic cycle; perhaps little green men in Alpha Centauri are aiming evil Gamma rays at us with intent to emigrate .. who cares.
Polar Ice-cap melt is a FACT.
Twentyfive - or 200 - Nuclear power stations (added to the coal-fired power stations we already have) by the year 2050 .. is totally and absolutely IRRELEVANT.
Doncha just love it when the pollies say .. mm, well, we'll put in a target to reduce 60% of CO2 emissions by 2050. Yer, like .. when they get there it'll be .. mmm, oops, oh well, missed the target by 10% but we'll try harder over the next 50 years .. knowing, of course that they can grab their taxpayer funded superannuation payouts NOW, and scurry off to safety, well before facing any serious ramification or responsibility.
Already TOO LATE, folks. It's my guess that the Gulf Stream will falter and cease within the next ten years. How about putting some policies in place to cope with the inevitable "climate refugees"?? (Oh, and by the way, don't choose Australia - we don't have enough water to supply the existing 20 mill - long story, that one, depends on the sort of lifestyle that one expects, I guess.)
Am still wondering why Sliver Cell Solar technology, an Australian development, was never really supported by this
Oh, there's more, much more.
One wonders why, over the past ten years, so much attention has been paid to playing tin soldiers, why nobody seriously thought about building Desalination plants instead of purchasing clapped out second-hand American Abrams tanks. Whadda they gunno do? fill them with water?? How can an Abrams tank, or a disfunctional supersonic Super Hornet defend us from a determined individual with a religious chip on the shoulder, and a backpack full of Semtex??
.. ESPECIALLY since we have "hitched our star" to a very peculiar american administration.
This, of course, is not surprising. Parliament House Canberra does NOT have a long track record for being in touch with "up-to-date" information.