I haven’t tried an open thread for quite a while so I’d thought that I try one again. I am taking a break for a few days as I travel and also try to clear out a backlog of work.
To be honest I am also reading a couple of wonderful books that I want to finish. Les Carlyon's The Great War. Just great writing and very emotionally involving. Also reading Andrew Roberts, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900. This is ideologically-driven but a welcome change from the usual anti-American, anti-British histories. George Bush liked it, JWH liked it and so do I. I'll post on both these books eventually.
A couple of points Lee pointed out to me in this morning’s press:
- Dr. Alex Wodak argues that John Howard is to blame for the emerging HIV epidemic in Asia because even though he utilises harm-minimisation policies in Australia he says that he doesn’t. Can I hear a fantail cuckoo calling in my backyard? Wodak to the rescue. Poor JWH!
- Drinkers who consume more than 14 standard drinks per week will have brains 1.6% smaller. So that's my problem.
I’ll comment on the situation at La Trobe University – and its purchase of the asbestos-ridden Argus Building - in a future post. Actually, no, I probably won’t - I wouldn't want to disturb Mr. Costello's beautiful unemployment numbers.
My blog is getting more visitors than ever before – numbers have trebled since last December. It would be great if some of you who lurk in the background would introduce yourself – pseudonyms are fine. Of course if you post repeatedly on this blog and wish to use a pseudonym please be consistent and use the same pseudonym.
As usual unrestrained praise for my work in maintaining this blog is welcome as is polite criticism and suggestions for future blog postings.