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The Australian parliamentary Labor party (the current party of government) met at 7pm Canberra time yesterday to vote on the party’s leadership. The result being the return of Kevin Rudd to the Prime Ministership. Mr Rudd recently became an advocate of same-sex marriage, something the (now) former prime minister Julia Gillard was not.

Five hours later, at 10am Washington DC time, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled that the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional on the grounds of equal protection. Same sex marriages in states where it is legal are to be treated as any other marriage federally.

The court also ruled in another case (Prop 8) that the party appealing the federal court’s decision had not standing to appeal, therefore the lower court’s decision to declare Proposition 8 unconstitutional in California stands, thus same sex marriage is again legal in that state… and with DOMA struck down the rights and benefits of marriage federally that flow.

In politics, law, or life, when change does not (or is not permitted to) occur smoothly, change can occur seismically.

I know that linking Kevin Rudd to SCOTUS is tenuous at best… but what the hell…

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How Traditional is Traditional Marriage?

How traditional is a two person marriage?

How traditional is a sole male breadwinner?

How traditional is marriage for love?

How traditional is marriage as child protection?

NOT VERY!

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It appears that an amateur weather-watcher from England, published a paper on the effect on raised levels of CO2 on temperature (global warming). There is nothing strange in that these days; but what is interesting about this paper, is that it was published in magazine in April 1938

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The NRA arguing that more guns will stop shootings, is like McDonalds arguing that more food will stop obesity.

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Are you someone who believes that teaching ‘BAA BAA BLACKSHEEP’ to children is inherently dangerous to cognitive well being?
How can one expect a child to accept the notion that a quadrupedal, ruminant mammal not only understands English, but can and will correctly and coherently reply, in context, to any question posed to it (i.e. Baa Baa Blacksheep, have you any wool?).
Not only that; but this even-toed ungulate has a grasp of a variety of concepts; including those of Primary Industry (relating to wool),social reciprocity and politeness (Yes sir, yes sir), basic mathematics, volume, measurement, spacial dynamics (three bags full), distribution (one for the Master, one for the Dane), transportation and delivery (and one for the little boy who lives down the lane).
How can a child be expected to swallow all that?
If you can see the cognitive danger inherent in teaching children such complex concepts in such a covert way, then clearly chemical stimulants are wasted on you.

Talking to animals is nice, it may even be theraputic… but teaching kids that they can coherently talk back? well that makes as much sense as this post.

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Theory: Accepting the notion that many men have an overblown image of their golfing prowess; The pace at which a man plays golf is inversely proportional to the speed of the vehicle that carries his clubs. In that, when a male golfer uses a push buggy, he generally walks directly to his ball, plays his shot (eventually), and walks directly to where he hit his ball. Generally a little slow but tolerable. When he uses a motorised buggy however he often drives the vehicle with as much care and attention as does a child in a dodgem car.

While this is not true of all male golfers, I have seen situations often enough to recognise a clear pattern. I have often found myself behind groups of such players, and have marveled at the complete lack of forethought at what they are doing and the total absence of consideration for golfers behind them.

Sharing golf carts multiplies the problem, multiple carts, and or multiple groups of men with carts and the situation is compounded exponentially into what I refer to as the ‘Molasses Circus – The greatest slow on Earth’.

Picture this, four men sharing two carts, two men in each cart. It is a slow day on the course, many guys thinking they are Tiger Woods, whilst proving themselves to be Wooden Tigers (humour). The men in cart A have hit their balls the same distance down the fairway though about 15 metres apart. The driver of cart B has sliced his ball into the deep rough halfway along the fairway, his passenger has put his ball on the fairway though about 30 metres shorter than the driver. Cart A has gone up to one of their balls and is waiting for the green (further away than they can hit) to clear. The driver of cart B has driven up to his ball and is also waiting for the green to clear. A modicum of forethought, and perhaps consideration for the flow of play on the course may suggest that; whilst waiting for the green to clear, the players from cart A could both go to their respective balls; and as the driver of cart B has to pass his passengers ball to get to his ball, it may be an idea to let the passenger off en-route to the drivers ball… but no. The green clears, player 1 from cart A hits his ball, puts his club away and climbs back into the cart and they drive the ten or so meters laterally across the fairway to the other player’s ball, meanwhile the driver of cart B has hit his ball, and drives BACK down the fairway for his passenger to play his ball. Situations akin to this occur regularly through the round. A floor show such as this is a galling experience if you find yourself behind such a grouping.

Absence of forethought, no idea of where they need to go, and will not take suggestions… I think male attitudes on the roads may be reflected when they climb behind the wheel on a golf course… only that golf carts don’t do 60 Kmph.

Dare I suggest a breathalyser for the 17th Tee?

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