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Govt puts brakes on Townsville V8 Supercar funding

Posted by Pat Kershaw on December 8, 2006

I am worried that this is an omen. This post in Two Sections. 1. Qld Govt. Decision and; 2. V8Supercars response…
First the QLD govt. decides not to fund another race in the streets of Townsville. OK. I can see it from a politically defensible position. The they do fund the Gold coast Indy, but that race makes the state a pile more money than it cost. With hundreds of thousands of ticket sales over the weekend it is a huge direct boost to the economy. Then there are the Thousands of jobs, and millions spent on supplies. This is spent in QLD, and that is spent and so it goes…
But the numbers have until now shown the Townsville race to be a better return on the investment. So I don’t quite understand this decision from the government…
    ABC Online … Read the rest of this entry »


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Gov. Inquiry to urge backdown?

Posted by Pat Kershaw on December 4, 2006

It looks like even the state Governments own inquiry, that was supposed to back their No-Uranium-mining-in-our-backyard policy may have backfired…

It looks more and more like the PM’s election positioning, (because I’m sure that is what re-ignited the debate) is on track to put him in power for (another) record term…

From: ABC Online

The inquiry is expected to recommend changes to the uranium mining policy. (File photo)

: ABC Online


A federal parliamentary inquiry is today expected to recommend that the state bans on new uranium mines should be lifted.


The committee has taken extensive evidence on Australia’s uranium resources.

It is understood the call for more mines will be endorsed by the three
Labor members of the committee but they will reject any nuclear power
or uranium enrichment.


The Labor Party will vote on changes to its uranium policy at next year’s national conference.

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V8 Supercars make the World Stage!!

Posted by Pat Kershaw on November 25, 2006

phitp_6333_th.jpgLooking through my V8 super car and Motorsport Google links and blogs.

So What??

Well I constantly hear and read the local media regarding V8’s as a “Domestic” series, and speaking of it as a minor cousin to “international” series. As a result Tony Cochran and his team are seen as pushy, money oriented and even a bit pig headed.

But we have one of the most successful series in the world, making money hand over fist, and traveling overseas for two races, (Three if you count going to Tasmania!!). This weekend they have traveled 12,000 Km to Bahrain in the middle east for the penultimate round. These are not F1 cars that can be disassembled and packed into shoe boxes. They are BIG, and they are heavy, they use lots of tyres and fuel, and panels…

So I come to my point. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nuclear power industry won’t drive tourists away: Bailey

Posted by Pat Kershaw on November 24, 2006

coolingtowers221106.jpgAn interesting statistic. And how many accidents? How many injuries? how much environmental pollution? It is time Australians realized that this is the way forward. We can still sell coal if we must, but eventually we need to think of future generations, and not the next election!

From ABC News online, Federal Tourism Minister Fran Bailey:

“France is a country that’s 14 times smaller than Australia, it has 59 nuclear generators and yet … it’s the most visited country in the world, attracting more than 76 million tourists a year,” she said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Behavior May Influence Evolution

Posted by Pat Kershaw on November 22, 2006

Education    “Pending your beliefs about evolution, National Geographic is running an interesting article on the influences of behavior on evolution. The study supports the controversial idea that an animal’s behavior in response to environmental change can spur evolutionary adaptations. By adding a predator to an island where a species of lizards lived with no predators, they witnessed a quick shift in the average length of legs on the lizards.
Long legs meant to escape were useless against the new larger predators while short legs became the dominant feature since they increased climbing ability (to trees the predators could not reach). For the finer details on the research, visit the Losos Lab Research Page.”

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Summary of the Australian Nuclear Power Debate

Posted by Pat Kershaw on November 22, 2006

coolingtowers221106.jpgI saw this as I was scrolling through a few days backlog.

1. It is a long post, but covers a lot of territory.
2. I have been to several doctors and hurt my bad back in the process (getting an X-Ray!) I will be tied up a bit next week as I have ANOTHER MRI and more specialists. Starting to look like they may actually operate!!!

Anyway, the nuclear issue in Australia is really kicking on. I have a few other posts that should be before this quote from the ABC, but they will come 2-morrow!!! I decided to summarize into one post. They are all basically from the ABC News Online; although that not where I first found it, they do good, clear concise stories!

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Bahrain International Circuit » The Australian Logistics

Posted by Pat Kershaw on November 22, 2006

BICAs The V8 Supercars head to Bahrain I found this really interesting article from the Bahrain International Circuit, helps you realize the sheer scale of the industry that V8 Supercars have become. F1 may be a way out in front, but not many other series! From next year the organizers are on a cost containment bent to avoid the sport out pricing itself. But WOW, what a show, and they are loud, fast and aggressive. Love it!

This is a press release, but I have highlighted some interesting bits for those not so interested in reading it all!

Over 110 tonnes of V8 Supercar muscle and technical know-how to manage them touched down in the Kingdom of Bahrain yesterday in readiness for this weekend’s Desert 400 race weekend at the Bahrain International Circuit (November 23-25). It is only the second time that the Supercars have taken flight, following a hugely successful foray to China’s Shanghai Circuit in 2005. Read the rest of this entry »

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I’m Doomed!

Posted by Pat Kershaw on November 15, 2006

acedamia.jpgDid you know that single men die younger? ” But this should wake you up a little:

[…] and lack of a marital partner was associated with mortality before age 85 years.”


It pays to get married then, if you like a long life. (Although, frankly, 85 seems like a pretty grand old age as well.)

The study How to Live a Longer, Healthier Life — for Men� by John M. Grohol, Psy.D., actually found you need to eat right, exercise and not smoke or drink to much. So most of it was not that earth shattering!
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Psychology Today: The Doctor Is Within

Posted by Pat Kershaw on November 15, 2006

Psychology today has this interesting story, not to be read by hypochondriacs!

We put a lot of faith in the medical establishment these days, and doctors can certainly tell us a great deal about our constitution. But there’s one person who knows more about your health than any doctor—you. As it turns out, the answer to one deceptively simple question—”How would you rate your own health?”—predicts disease and longevity more accurately than even the most thorough medical records.Why are our own health assessments so dead on? Maybe because we monitor our ups and downs and symptoms 24/7—a perspective no doctor has access to.

“We know things that physicians cannot physically detect,” says Yael Benyamani, a health psychologist at Tel-Aviv University in Israel. Fatigue and appetite fluctuations, for example, can be symptoms of declining health, and you’re likely to be much more attuned to them than is your doctor. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gobal warming may wipe out most birds

Posted by Pat Kershaw on November 15, 2006

sunset160404.jpgABC News in Science� – Global warming may wipe out most birds�Tuesday, 14 November 2006

Birds, Seabirds and migratory birds are early responders to changes in climate, according to a new report. Hmm, I hope they got the bull by the horns.

Nearly three quarters of all bird species in northeast Australia and more than a third in Europe could become extinct unless efforts to stop global warming are stepped up, a report says.

Up to 72% of bird species in northeastern Australia and 38% of bird species in Europe could disappear completely if the planet’s temperature continues to rise, according to the international environmental group WWF.

This report finds certain bird groups, such as seabirds and migratory birds, to be early, very sensitive responders to current levels of climate change,” says WWF’s director of climate change policy Hans Verolme.

“Large-scale bird extinctions may occur sooner than we thought,” he says in Bird species and climate change: the global status report, released today on the sidelines of the UN climate change conference in Nairobi. Read the rest of this entry »

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