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Labor faces annihilation in marginal seats


Ouch.

http://www.afr.com/p/national/labor_faces_annihilation_in_marginal_MRqll2ldnEA2yvStbw4IMM

Does the Trade Minister read the Economist? | Herald Sun Andrew Bolt Blog


Boss: Why were you late for work?! Tardy: Global warming, boss! http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/does_the_trade_minister_read_the_economist/

Kelty attacks Gillard on exactly the grounds I have | Herald Sun Andrew Bolt Blog


Even Kelty can’t stand Gillard.

http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/kelty_attacks_gillard_on_exactly_the_grounds_i_have/

Budget myths and reality at Catallaxy Files


Treasurer of the Year!

http://catallaxyfiles.com/2013/03/28/budget-myths-and-reality/

competent incompetents … | pindanpost


A handy collection of all Labor’s failures…

http://pindanpost.com/2013/03/27/competent-incompetents/

Understanding Vettel’s dog act


webber-vettelAgainst team orders, Red Bull F1 driver Sebastian Vettel snatched the lead in the final laps of the Malaysian GP, despite his teammate, Mark Webber, who was leading after the final pit stop, being told by the team to turn his engine down and coast it home.

Those not completely familiar with 2013 F1 racing, perhaps, and rightly so, lament that it’s not about the fastest driver anymore.

Should Mark Webber or Sebastian Vettel have won the Malaysian GP?

Long story short, welcome to Europe.

But there are some reasons for the madness that went on last Sunday, not that I’ll try and convince you they’re legit.

The story: Mark had the race in the bag, and yet against team orders, and after Mark had been instructed by the team to turn his engine down,  the German Vettel made a dangerous overtake, took the lead, won, and for which he later apologised.

Seasoned F1 fan or not, that last paragraph just reads so wrong doesn’t it?

Here’s why.

The average punter would expect that drivers in race cars drive, er, like race car drivers.

But that isn’t “possible” in F1 anymore.

Why?

The main factors: Tyres, fuel, engines, gearboxes, money.

Tyres:

Essentially, they’re rubbish. That’s ironic, considering the best tyre manufacturer, Pirelli, is producing them. Here’s the kicker. They’re rubbish on purpose. Pirelli could easily produce an awesome tyre that could perform perfectly for three races, but they’ve been contracted to produce chewing gum. This is because F1 ceased refueling some years back, but the sport decided some pit stop excitement and uncertainty was important for the fans. And teams only receive a limited number of tyres for the weekend. End result? Drivers have to nurse their cars more than they can race them, especially in the latter stages of a GP.

Fuel:

Fill that gas guzzling fucker up! No refueling stops. Obvious reasoning was safety in the pit lane… and people have been badly burned by invisible F1 high octane fuel in the past, so it was difficult to mount a decent counter argument. The trade off? Cars are now much harder on the tyres thanks to all the extra weight, the tyres suck even more on top of that, and the number of tyres you can use per weekend is limited. Again, we’re looking at nurses as much as we’re looking at drivers. This means it’s all so much more up to the team to strategise and tell a driver that he has to cool it.

Engines:

F1 was at the point whereby teams like Ferrari were able to pour essentially unlimited amounts of money into their car, and other teams simply could not compete. This was the time of Michael Schumacher’s five in a row world championships. Even Michael was getting bored and the FIA governing body saw a need to shake it up. Hence teams are allowed a mere eight engines a year, less than one for every two races. This means cars have to be managed very carefully throughout the year. You can’t drive it like you stole it anymore. A general rule of thumb has evolved whereby after the last pit stop, it’s not about racing, but rather about preservation. This is why Mark Webber was “slow” in the latter stages. It had nothing to do with his driving ability, and everything to do with nursing that car home… under strict team orders no less.

Gearboxes: As with the engines, teams are severely limited. Nurse!

Money: Rightly or wrongly, the money-pit teams were getting to dominate to a point whereby there was no point for anyone else. According to F1, something had to be done. So they capped team budgets, limited the numbers of engines and gearboxes, scrapped the fuel thing which ended up burning the less resourceful teams, and made sure the tyres would have to be changed around three times per race… all in an effort to even things out a bit, give a leg up to the struggling teams.

Plus, on top of that, it’s the constructor’s championship where all the money is made, not the driver’s championship. So whilst us fans will cheer for our favourite driver, the fact of the matter is the team has to concentrate on… the team. And a huge part of that is maintaining a car that will last the entire season.

So what does that all translate, too?

It means drivers cannot drive flat out, anymore.

Races are so much more based on strategy by the team rather that the vroom of the driver.

It’s about managing the car rather than driving it, particularly when you get to the final stages of a race and massive points – for the team – are up for grabs.

And though Vettel is indeed a dog, considering the parameters he’s working within, there are factors… not least driver instinct which is so severely curtailed in modern F1.

Not least that Mark was told to turn down his engine… because of fuel, tyres and all that crap, and then got dogged by a bloke….

When querying the teams decision to turn his engine down, Mark was assured twice that he’d be safe from an attack from his teammate.

Had Mark not trusted his team, he would have kept his engine on high and raced to a victory.

But he he trusted his team, and he trusted his teammate… He did what was right for the team, and what is right for the car over such a long season.

But his teammate is a young arrogant punk from Germany…

Who shows no  respect.

The winter that wont quite budge


To be sure, the days warm up quite nicely. But the nights still snap in.

How to deal with such global climate upheaval.

Its called a jacket.

Julia Gillard calls Labor leadership ballot | The Australian


It’s on, fiiiiinally. Set for 4:30pm today. Rudd/Crean vs Gillard and whoever. Crean says he’ll resign if Gillard wins.

UPDATE

Rudd (who else?).

ABC Insiders host Barry Cassidy said Labor’s biggest problem has been disunity. Whilst I agree insofar that disunity has hurt them, the greater problem is what has caused this disunity. And that is their disastrous policies. The carbon tax, the debt, the boat people, the NBN, the BER, the live cattle exports, Swan’s covert money grabs, the horrendous media laws, the gender wars, the class wars, the gutting of our military, the faceless men…it is an utter train wreck. Did I miss any? Probably.

(UPDATE Yes. The AWU scandal, the bungled mining tax, the mythical budget surplus – thanks, Sean)

And it’s not her resilience. It’s her lies, her backstabbing and her obstinacy.

UPDATE

NOT Rudd, he won’t contest (numbers?) Gillard and Swan stay… talk about anti-climax. :-/ What a rabble.

Yeah, hilarious.


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When the lights go out, you dump the clutch and hit the gas @AussieGrit


1,2,3,4,5 BAM!

And Christian, obviously you didn’t explain it well enough.

Aaaaarrrgggghhhh!!!1

September 14


It feels like forever,

But surely you will arrive,

And then Australia,

Will again feel alive.

 

Oh disastrous wench,

The damage you’ve done,

More easily satiated,

When you’re on the back bench.

 

Those stupid glasses,

A cabinet of arses,

Couldn’t do a worse job if you tried,

All you do is run and hide.

 

And what hide she has,

What gall, what belligerence,

And come September 14,

(with any luck)

I’ll have a little dance.

The new US President


Is my cat.

Can run the shit better.

Top of the agenda: cat food from China

PS Special consultant to Oz.

Update

Was closing the White House to tours really a good idea, and will it solve America’s debt woes?


No.

The kindest language that I can use is that it makes Obama look petty.

The best Eulogy to the dead despot Chavez that I’ve found


Too harsh? Well, the truth hurts.

The truth is that Chavez was a brutal despot who strutted the world stage basking in the international celebrity status he gained as a result of his anti-American rhetoric and relentless attacks on Britain.

He was a master of propaganda who deftly wooed the ‘useful idiots’ of the Left — to use the phrase Stalin applied to Britain’s Labour politicians and trade unionists — while clamping down on free speech in his own country, rigging the political system in his favour and presiding over a nation drowning in bloodshed and mired in poverty.

He befriended murderous tyrants such as Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi, used his country’s vast oil wealth to support terrorist groups such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and helped terrorist drug-runners in Colombia  whose products cause misery and death across the world.

Time


Hey party people. Have moved town. Apartment is all set up. New job starts tomorrow. Say a little prayer for our boy cat. He just got through the worst of it – a bout of cat pneumonia. Man, he was out of shape for a while there… about 800 bucks out of shape to be more specific. :-/

And the new students? Haha, they have a level test tomorrow (but it’s a doddle).

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