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Subtitles

The following is stuck on the screen during a Prime TV ad break during Today Tonight.

disappear or kids disappear. Making me disappear and I

Not that I have really been paying much attention to Today Tonight, I have had it on the TV, muted with subtitles while I do other things, and have noticed that some stories have had pockets of live captioning. The stories are all pre-recorded, but there are bits of the stories which weren’t pre-captioned and have been noticeably live-captioned. Very strange, very annoying.

Samuel

August 7th, 2009 at 06:53pm

ACT Government taken to court over allegedly dodgy land valuations

From the folk over at the state-owned, state-run media comes word that the ACT Government is being taken to court by people who think their rates are just a tad excessive.

The owners of the Tuggeranong Hyperdome have taken the ACT Revenue Office to court over claims its assessment of the unimproved value of the land was excessive.
[..]
[They] objected to the unimproved land value assessment in 2007 of $41.5 million which was used to calculate the rates payable.

The applicant says the unimproved land value more than doubled between January 2005 and January 2007 and a more appropriate assessment was $25 million.
[..]
It is understood similar proceedings have been launched by Westfield, the owner of the Woden and Belconnen shopping centres.

If this is successful, how many more people will get independent valuations of their land? Could this be one of the Stanhope government’s amazing budget-hole-plugging measures…if so, surely it would just be easier to legitimately increase rates the way the Green balance-of-power-holders would do it…by adding a global warming levy of say, 3000%. That would win many brownie points with the Greens, and seriously test how many people really believe that humans are responsible for non-existent warming. It’s not as politically expedient though.

If this case is proven, then I will have to praise the Stanhope government for reaching new levels of sheer clever sneakiness.

Samuel

August 7th, 2009 at 12:07pm

Jerk of the Week submission 7/August

Your “Jerk of the Week” submission
The people on The View

Why should this person be the “Jerk of the Week”?
Trying to discredit Michelle Malkin’s book about all of the corruption in Obama’s White House by inventing quotes, and then attacking Michelle again after she left the set.

Your Name (Optional)
Samuel Gordon-Stewart

Jerk of the Week with Casey Hendrickson and Heather Kydd airs on Newsradio 840 KXNT Las Vegas (and kxnt.com) shortly after 11am Friday Canberra time (6pm Thursday Vegas time), and is podcasted at kxnt.com shortly thereafter.

Samuel

August 7th, 2009 at 10:33am

Friday Funnies: Julia Gillard’s dictionary doesn’t contain the word “no”

Back on Friday the 13th of March I was clearing out my hotel room in Deniliquin when I heard this bizarre exchange between Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard and 3AW’s Neil Mitchell. I believe that, had Julia just used the word “no”, Neil would have been caught off-guard, and nobody would have blamed her seeing as “no” would have been a perfectly honest answer…nobody can guarantee what the actions of third parties will be, so why Julia felt the need to ramble around the answer was beyond me, but highly amusing.

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It was great fun listening to it, even if I started yelling at Julia and the radio at one point (actually, that could be why it was fun).

Samuel

1 comment August 7th, 2009 at 09:02am

Who was distressed about this?

Jon Stanhope has formally recognised the Ngunnawal people as the “traditional owners” of the Australian Capital Territory, based on the incredibly impartial advice of the Ngunnawal Elders Council. He says he has done this to quell the “confusion and distress within the community” over a debate between the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people over who “traditionally owns” the land.

Matilda House, from the Ngambri people is annoyed, but has a great quote.

“Mr Stanhope has made his mind up so how would I ever change it?”

Well definitely not through one of his consultations, that’s for sure.

Ms. House is also confused about who she distressed by declaring herself to be a Ngambri person.

“It’s a gutless accusation because what stress have I caused? What stress have I caused? You know I’d like to know who is stressed out in this community over my decision to say who I am.”

It’s the first I’ve heard of anyone being distressed about this supposed confusing debacle. Perhaps it was just an attempt from Chief Turnip Stanhope to get the media to focus on a good news story rather than the fact that he has let his federal Labor colleagues wriggle out of yet another financial commitment. If so, well done Jon, it worked. Top story on ABC Canberra News is the very politically correct Aboriginal story.

Gotta love the state-owned, state-run media. I know Jon does.

Samuel

August 7th, 2009 at 06:57am

Forget the Slashdot effect…

It’s the Limbaugh effect!

Rush Limbaugh has a link to a story on Sweetness and Light placed at the top of his website, and then asks his listeners to visit his website and click on the link.

It’s a good thing that Rush had a printout of the story to read to his audience, because the website didn’t last long once everyone started trying to visit it. It’s only just starting to recover now, fifteen minutes later.

Update: OK, so maybe “recover” was the wrong word. I can occasionally get the page title to load…nothing else though. End Update

Further Update: Half an hour later, Rush notes that Sweetness and Light is being “bombarded” and gets the key images of the story republished on his own site. End Update

Samuel

August 7th, 2009 at 02:23am


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