Archive: January, 2008

To Kyoto or not to Kyoto

As I mentioned in previous posts, Australia recently elected a new prime minister, Kevin Rudd, ousting John Howard, who had been in power for over 11 years. John Howard had been an opponent of the Kyoto protocol from the very beginning. When Rudd was elected the first thing he did, in his very first week […]

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Bush: US should have bombed Auschwitz

On a trip to Israel Bush stated that the US should have bombed Auschwitz during World War II. I’m sure that would have helped the victims being held there immensely.

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Sir Edmund Hillary

In another tragedy for the climbing community, Sir Edmund Hillary, who together with Tenzing Norgay was the first person to stand on top Mount Everest, died of a heart attack. In addition to being one of the greatest adventurers of our time, Hillary was also a great humanitarian. He helped raise funds to help Nepalese […]

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To vote or not to vote

Having just had a national election in Australia and with the US primaries in full swing, it’s an appropriate time to discuss what the best way to implement democracy is. In particular I’d like to discuss the issue as to whether voting ought to be mandatory or not. This is one of the key differences […]

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Another tragedy on Mt. Cook

On January 1 another tragic event unfolded on Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand. Anton Wopereis, a highly experienced guide, died while guiding the mountain. The ice he was standing on gave way, causing him to fall 60m to his death. In 2004 I made an unsuccessful attempt on Mt. Cook, which was […]

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Censorship and sensibility

Australia’s newly elected government has been discussing imposing state-level government filtering of the internet to filter out content inappropriate for children. This would have Australia join the likes of states like China. There are three problems I have with this kind of policy. First, internet filtering doesn’t work very well. Generally internet filters work by […]

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