Knowingly spreading HIV

This subject is one which I find so completely abhorrent, and yet I feel it necessary for it to be aired.

What kind of person, knowing that they are HIV positive, delberately and systematically goes about trying to infect as many others as possible with the virus.

Personally I have known a number of friends who have died from this illness.

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Education Revolution

(This is a guest post by Tracie of FNQ)

Ok everyone I am starting to feel slightly less relaxed and comfortable about some aspects of the Govt’s  ‘Education Revolution’, notably what seems like unseemly haste on the part of our Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, to introduce reforms to our education system, based on the New York Dept of Education model.

This model is currently being promoted in Australia by Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education., Joel Klein. You may or may not have caught him giving the National Press Club Address today, however if you are interested you can download a transcript of his speech courtesy of Julia Gillard’s website.

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One Laptop Per Child

One Laptop per Child
I see that the One Laptop per Child organisation is launching its initiative in Sydney this weekend, where the children that benefit are in our own backyard (Oceania).

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Thanksgiving Caption Competition

Thanksgiving is an american thing. Americans celebrate it tomorrow with a nice meal. George Bush is planning to have a turkey.

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Mi Mi Mi Midweek Mayhem…

Sorry about the stutter.

Welcome to midweek mayhem, the place where we get to talk about anything and everything – now with a new and improved responsible drinking policy.

A new OECD report has been issued today, with some good news – Australia is tipped to avoid recession and be one of the few developed nations to experience a moderate growth of 1.7% next year, as well as some bad news – house prices are expected to fall sharply.

(Although I guess that could be good news if you’re a first home buyer).

In Labor’s new IR laws, they have announced that the “three warnings and you’re fired” rule will be reduced to “one warning and you’re fired”.

Oh, and the new X-Files movie is out on DVD today..

BTW, if anyone wants a laugh, check out Ross Sharp’s Smelly Tongues blog..

Without the hot air: the energy numbers

Posted by Kevin Rennie

Thanks to openDemocracy, I found and downloaded Numbers, not adjectives, the first part of David MacKay’s book Sustainable Energy – without the hot air.

If the rest is as interesting and readable as Chapter 1 Motivations, it could prove to be a real gem. His take on the debate about renewables versus nuclear as energy alternatives:

This heated debate is fundamentally about numbers. How much energy could each source deliver, at what economic and social cost, and with what risks? But actual numbers are rarely mentioned. In public debates, people just say “Nuclear is a money pit” or “We have a huge amount of wave and wind.” The trouble with this sort of language is that it’s not sufficient to know that something is huge: we need to know how the one “huge” compares with another “huge,” namely our huge energy consumption. To make this comparison, we need numbers, not adjectives.

Later on he claims:

I don’t want to feed you my own conclusions. Convictions are stronger if they are self-generated, rather than taught. Understanding is a creative process. When you’ve read this book I hope you’ll have reinforced the confidence that you can figure anything out.

… Debates about energy policy are often confusing and emotional because people mix together factual assertions and ethical assertions.

The rest of the book can be downloaded from his website above.

Good reading!