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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Adding Iniquity to Injury

Workers arrested at South Africa’s Marikana mine have been charged in court with the murder of 34 of their colleagues shot by police. The 270 workers would be tried under the “common purpose” doctrine because they were in the crowd which confronted police on 16 August, an official said. Police opened fire, killing 34 miners […]

It's broken

Hello everyone, your friendly Ozblogistan Tyrant here. Ozblogistan was moved to new servers on Monday night by some subcontractors. The ensuing few days have been a mess because the move was only incompletely successful. In particular, bloggers have been unable to log into the wordpress backend to write posts or moderate comments. This morning I […]

It’s broken

Hello everyone, your friendly Ozblogistan Tyrant here. Ozblogistan was moved to new servers on Monday night by some subcontractors. The ensuing few days have been a mess because the move was only incompletely successful. In particular, bloggers have been unable to log into the wordpress backend to write posts or moderate comments. This morning I […]

Why the noise?

I am a single person and–due to an upbringing starved of physical affection or praise interacting with unfortunate adult experiences (the former making the latter both more likely and more likely to be of a traumatic nature)–am likely to remain so. I also like cafes, perhaps more than I should, given my low income. (Yes, […]

No More Pussyfooting Around

LONDON — Larry the Downing Street cat has inadvertently helped his master, Prime Minister David Cameron, hit back after the British leader was challenged to show whether he was “man or mouse” Tuesday. Larry killed a mouse, a rare event in the life of a feline previously known for his laid-back approach to hunting. The […]

The misbegotten birth of macro

As folks may have noted, I like graphs; they can be very useful illustrations, particularly of historical trends.  Consider this graph, taken from the 2012 US Federal Budget (via). What is striking is the long-run stability of economic growth in the US, apart from one episode which stands out fairly dramatically. Very dramatically (pdf) given that: […]

MCMXIV

Those long uneven lines Standing as patiently As if they were stretched outside The Oval or Villa Park, The crowns of hats, the sun On moustached archaic faces Grinning as if it were all An August Bank Holiday lark; And the shut shops, the bleached Established names on the sunblinds, The farthings and sovereigns, And […]

Trees good, parking bad

I live within the boundaries of Maribyrnong Council in an area that fulfils my definition of “inner city” (it has back alleys and many houses don’t have driveways). So, parking is a bit of an issue, while a certain queueing politeness is needed while driving–quite a lot of the streets only allow one car to […]

Blue Movie

Pictures showing Prince Harry and a young woman naked in a Las Vegas hotel room have been published on a US website. The two photos of the 27-year-old royal, on gossip website TMZ, were taken on a private break with friends over the weekend. The site reported that the prince was in a group playing […]

Gillard and the AWU

I started out as a tremendous fan of Gillard. I wanted her to win when Kevin Rudd attempted to overthrow her. (Sorry to my Queensland Labor friends, I have just never understood Rudd’s appeal. He’s the Pointy-Haired Boss from Dilbert to me.) But I have to say that the allegations surrounding Gillard in relation to […]