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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: EASTER April 19, 2014

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The tradition of Easter, including it pagan antecedents, does not make any real sense here in the Southern Hemisphere. We are in Autumn, heading toward Winter.
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ONE FELL SWOOP April 17, 2014

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Barry O’Farrell resigned suddenly this morning. He should have declared the $3,000 bottle of wine – or possibly returned it. And now the political game has been changed in NSW.
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SENATE COUNT April 14, 2014

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At Crikey, Casey Briggs, a mathematician suggest we need to focus on how the votes are counted. In summary, rather than giving a long quote, the transfer value of the largest blocs of votes depends on when they are counted.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: RAIN AGAIN April 12, 2014

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The rain does not seem to be going away. Of course, it is wise to be careful when wishing the rain away. However, Dexter and Hannah are not getting out as much as they would.
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WA SENATE BY-ELECTION April 7, 2014

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This election was always going to produce unusual results in detail, although it does not seem to have changed the post-July Senate. There are remaining 31.28% of first preference votes to count on the latest figures from the AEC.

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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: ROAD NOT TAKEN April 5, 2014

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There are virus enough for humans – and computers – to catch. Fortunately, neither Dexter or Hannah has been affected.
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INDIFFERENCE TO IPCC REPORTS April 4, 2014

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change fifth assessment report on Climate Change impacts Monday. The Second Working Group was concerned with impacts, adaptation and mitigation.

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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: HEAVY RAIN March 29, 2014

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When the torrential rain arrived on Sunday, I was conscious of local concerns to do with the house. Only later did I see the see the photos of the street flooding and the news reports.
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GRACE NOTE: KNIGHTS AND DAMES March 26, 2014

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It seems that Tony Abbott consulted Quentin Bryce and Peter Cosgrove and now to become notionally “dame” and “knight of the realm”

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REFUGEE DISGRACE March 24, 2014

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The treatment of refugees in off shore detention continues to witness disturbing developments. Australia has now become party to likely violations of human rights, including murder. The Prime Minister does not know what is going on, and the Cabinet process appears broken.

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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: ON WE GO March 22, 2014

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Dexter and Hannah seem to take to their mostly daily walks. They would notice if they did not get out.
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SATURDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: GONE TO THE DOGS March 16, 2014

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Generally, things have gone badly this week. Dexter and Hannah have been fine. They might have had cause to discern some discontent. The computer went to the dogs – whatever bets were taken did not turn out. Enough said.
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THE HUMANITARIAN NATION March 14, 2014

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The question arises in relation to the treatment of refugees: What lead to this?
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: JUST DROPS OF WATER! March 8, 2014

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The rain has continued. It is not really a problem. Dexter and Hannah could cope with getting bit wet. Fortunately, we did not get the hail that was forecast elsewhere.
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REPLAY: CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE? March 6, 2014

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Perhaps with the exception of Madame Speaker, – maintaining her now customary, stern impartiality – yesterday, various female members of the Government, including the Foreign Minister, captured by the cameras in the House of Reps Question Time were attractively fitted out in orange.
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MANUS VIDEO March 1, 2014

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The Immigration Minister commented that the refugee/prisoners at Manus Island were given breakfast the next morning after the riot that he initially attributed to the asylum seekers. Now The Guardian has published video footage describing the situation as a “war zone”.

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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: LAST DAY OF SUMMER March 1, 2014

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Tomorrow may not be a new season. Whether or not the seasons are properly described by a convention developed in NW Europe is an open question. Probably the seasons should be defined by the position of the sun.
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CALM BEFORE THE STORM February 27, 2014

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Nicolas Loris claims: “It’s time for calm on Climate Change”. Looks like climate scientists are not rigorously trained in the disciplines of science.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: “BOX OF RAIN” February 22, 2014

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It is astonishing to think that summer is now almost over. This week has been mixed, but mostly with showers and overcast skies. The creek flowed early on and then it dried out.

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CLIMATE CHANGE AND DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE February 21, 2014

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The climate crisis is not going to go away. The Government has abolished the Climate Commission, and intends, when it has the numbers in the Senate to abolish the Climate Change Authority and the Carbon Tax.

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