Archive for April, 2013

The Pokie Plague in Schools

I would have to agree. This looks like a method to get children addicted to gambling before they even know that they officially start to gamble.

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With the current national focus on Gambling, particularly Tom Waterhouse’s never ending interruptions to televised sporting events, we might see a return to the debates on poker machines and their ubiquity in social venues around Australia.

The big issue being investigated is targeting gambling ads to children, and a key accusation of Tom Waterhouse is that his interjections into popular sports broadcasting is glamorising gambling in the eyes of the young fans watching the sport (Peter Fitzsimmons wrote an amusing opinion piece on the issue here), however I’m personally becomming much more concerned with the growing popularity of poker machine gambling among school-aged children.

No, they’re not using fake-IDs to sneak in to pubs and clubs and waste their lunch money. Instead, they’re playing poker machine simulator games on their mobile phones.

I don’t know if this is a recent and growing trend among teenagers, or if my recent move from a…

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Farewell, Chrissy Amphlett

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Christine Joy “Chrissy” Amphlett, lead singer of, The Divinyls (25 October 1959 – 21 April 2013

Way back when Chrissy Amphlett burst onto the Australian music scene, women were to be seen as soft gentle insecure ditzy chicks to be sexy. You know, the dumb blonde thing. Chrissy ignored all the rules and smashed down these walls which encouraged other women to be independent, confident and intelligent while being sexy.

Personally speaking, I have always found the Marilyn Monroe persona to be annoying. I do not find it sexually appealing where being stupid is the key personality factor. No, I have always preferred people who are independent, intelligent and self confident. I find these women attractive. I want a conversation where I can be challenged, not be followed around by a woman who behaves like a friendly puppy.

And here we have Chrissy. Strong and confident on the scene. She is her own person on the stage and challenges the awful stereotypes of the dumb stupid woman. Her voice is raw and honest. Chrissy put herself out there for us to see. Like her, love her or hate her, Chrissy was Chrissy and that is something I highly respect.

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Sexy as.

I have loved listening to Chrissy’s voice leading her Australian rock band, The Divinyls since I first heard them. There aren’t many female singers I like. Rock chicks especially but I love the sound of Chrissy. Whether it’s her voice or watching her acting on her video clips, Chrissy is a pleasure to watch. She is an endorphine releaser.

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The Divinyls

Suffering from Multiple Sclerosis(MS), Chrissy is a champion of encouragement to us to do things for ourselves for she never let her neurological illness stop her from living. She rocked on stage be it singing or acting. She had dark days but she was a fighter. And now, one of her final wishes is to have her biggest hit song, I Touch Myself, be used to used for breast cancer health messages.

In the end, breast cancer took her life and stole her from her family, friends and fans but she will always live on. We will always love you, Chrissy Amphlett.

Her legend is eternal. Her status is immortal.

ROCK ON!

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The Gonski Masterstroke

Education should not b about the self vested interests of corrupt politicians but about the future of our nation. The only thing our major parties are doing is proving that they have reach their use by date and must be thrown out into the garbage bin.

Andrew James Whalan

A month ago, I wrote a post on Gonski and here’s an update: 

Gonski infographic

But that is merely focussing on tactics instead of strategy. The reforms and their introduction are a strategic masterstroke for the following reasons:

  1. They are a clear and understandable reform to educationalfunding. The Gonski reforms mean that schools will be funded per student with extra to overcome disadvantage. Prior to Gonski, educational funding arrangements in Australia were

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Dating My Daughters

We fathers who have daughters don’t behave like protective lions until they start attracting boys so here is a little fun advice to you Dads out there with daughters becoming appealing to boys.

 

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When You Reach 100 – Celebrate!

There are two Youtube accounts I own for uploading videos. One is close to reaching the 100 video mark while the other, NakedWombatStuff has made it to the big 100. Triple digits.

Many make videos to celebrate their 100th video by thanking their viewers or making something different. I prefer the less is more approach.

 

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Over Reaction 101 – Row Over Nazi Letter NY School

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Albany Public Schools Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard said the assignment was not malicious, but was unacceptably insensitive. Photo: AAP

I might find myself a little unpopular here – It’s time people stop breaking their shin bones every time an issue of Nazism and Jewish peoples happens. The Nazis were never the biggest bunch of genocidal maniacs for they never reached the same high levels of the Soviet and Maoists. Let alone a few others after the Nazis. And, it’s not just the Jews who were lined up for murder. They were the largest of the groups because there were more of them. I also don’t believe this post modern world has the right to bitch when we are doing much of what the Nazis did such as using genetics to create the perfect looking human specimen.

Now, that said, on with the story…

Some schools have sought to develop empathy and how hatred works by getting school children to segregate based on the colour of their eyes and hair. They have been excellent programs and I really can’t see how this is any different.

A high school English teacher in New York state who had students pretend to be Jew-hating Nazis in a writing assignment has been placed on leave.

The teacher at Albany High School caused a storm of criticism after having students practice the art of persuasive writing by penning a letter to a fictitious Nazi government official arguing that “Jews are evil.”

District Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard held a news conference to apologise for the assignment.

The Times Union newspaper reported the teacher was not in class on Friday and had been placed on leave by the school district.

The district has not named the teacher, who was described as a veteran.

The writing assignment was done before a planned class reading of the memoir Night, by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.

For the assignment, the teacher asked students to research Nazi propaganda, then write a letter trying to convince an official of the Third Reich “that Jews are evil and the source of our problems.”

“Review in your notebooks the definitions for logos, ethos, and pathos,” the teacher’s assignment said.

“Choose which argument style will be most effective in making your point. Please remember, your life (here in Nazi Germany in the ’30s) may depend on it!”

Wyngaard said she didn’t think the assignment was malicious but “it displayed a level of insensitivity that we absolutely will not tolerate.”

Many of the students were dismayed by the assignment. Some refused to write the essay.

 

http://au.news.yahoo.com/latest/a/-/latest/16721719/new-york-teacher-in-row-over-nazi-letter/

 

What if the teacher asked their students to do this regarding gencide committed by Turkey, Serbia, Japan, Vietnam, etc? Would there be any such wailing? I very much doubt it.

If anything, I believe that this exercise would help students to gain a much better understanding in what happened. I would prefer though that this exercise be not just about the evil Jew but have students concentrate on different groups who were exterminated be they Jew, homosexual, disabled, etc.

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GONSKI – The So Called Education Reform

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Oh dear Prime Minister, once again you offer the world but merely rearrange the furniture to make it appear as if you did something real.

Your GONSKI reforms to Australia’s education keeps coming under fire. Now that you have started to announce where the money will come from, all I see is just another shit house Government at work. By merely shifting funding away from universities to the primary/secondary schools, you have not improved the system at all.

Thank frog that you aren’t a car mechanic because I reckon you’d swap the faulty car part with a good part from my car, and put the bad part where the good part was which merely transfers the problem elsewhere. Yep, it seems that you really are out of your depth in the role of Prime Minister after all.

The Gillard government has announced $2.3 billion worth of cuts to the university sector to fund its Gonski school reforms.

While not outlining how much of the funds would go towards the Gonski reforms, Tertiary Education Minister Craig Emerson said the government had found three “substantial savings” that would affect universities.

This came shortly after Treasurer Wayne Swan announced a further $520 million saving measure targeting tax deductions for self-education expenses.

Dr Emerson said the government would place a two per cent efficiency dividend on university funding in 2014 and 1.25 per cent the next year, saving about $900 million.

The government will also scrap the 10 per cent discount given to students who pay their university fees upfront, saving $230 million.

A further $1.2 billion will be saved by requiring students to pay back start-up scholarships once they enter the workforce and once an earning threshold is reached.

 

http://yhoo.it/17wKZcT

 

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