Archive for October 13th, 2010

Turnbull: “the NBN is not the answer”

He’s much better when out of the environment debate.

MALCOLM Turnbull has declared Labor and NBN Co have not made the case for a fibre network, and that it’s not too late to scale back the project.

The Coalition communications spokesman said the government should foster competition rather than forcing Telstra and Optus to shut down their current broadband networks and move to the $43 billion National Broadband Network.

Upgrades to the current hybrid fibre-coaxial network which already deliver speeds of up to 100 megabits, and a much cheaper $2 billion upgrade to phone exchanges across the country would deliver ADSL 2 speed to the 1.2 million Australian homes currently missing out on 24 megabit speeds.

And Mr Turnbull argued that “if vertical integration is the problem, the NBN is not the answer unless you believe in taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut”.

By the way, $43 billion? Make that $44 billion since they’ve tweaked it a bit to take the cable right to your front door rather than your front lawn. Onwards and upwards, Julia!

It’s good Turnbull is saying all this. We all know it. The most successful telco operator in the world knows it. You’d actually think that Julia would know it by now. Thus, is she pushing this through just to save on some political embarrassment, just like she did with the BER?

Tin foil hat time:

Will the federal government actually control this network once it’s completed? If so, how will they exercise that control?


Kim Jong-il’s 1st son not happy at being sqeezed

This is no doubt because Kim Jong Nam was going to be the next leader but was passed over after he was busted trying to get into Japan on a fake passport – to see Disneyland.

The casino-loving eldest son of North Korea’s Kim Jong Il – once tipped to succeed him before trying to sneak into Japan to go to Disneyland – says he opposes a hereditary transfer of power to his younger half-brother.

While his disapproval is unsurprising, it’s the first public sign of discord in the tightly choreographed succession process, though analysts said Kim Jong Nam has lived outside his native land for so long his opinion will carry little weight.

The chubby 39-year-old Kim, the oldest of three brothers who were in the running to take over secretive North Korea, is the closest thing the country has to a playboy.

Unlike many of his countrymen back home who lack the resources and connections to travel overseas, Kim Jong Nam travels freely and spends much of his time in China or the country’s special autonomous region of Macau – the center of Asian gambling with its Las Vegas-style casinos.

He sports the family pot belly and favors newsboy caps, designer shoes and an unshaven face, while frequenting five-star hotels and expensive restaurants.

Meanwhile, North Korea’s heir apparent, Kim Jong un, reportedly tried to have his older brother “taken care of”, namely because he was overlooked.

Aides to the youngest son and heir apparent of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il planned an attack last year on Kim’s oldest son but were warned off by China, a report said Wednesday.

South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper, citing a government source, said close aides of youngest son Jong-Un plotted an attack on Jong-Nam after the leader had picked Jong-Un as heir apparent in January 2009.

Pearls of wisdom

Via, Paco. It’s all about paraprosdokian sentences.

Here are a few teasers. There are a ton more.

I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.

The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip.

Britain’s jobless shame

Astounding, and a great worry and disappointment.

A fifth of Britons live in households where nobody works, according to official figures.

They reveal that almost four million households contain no one who has a job – meaning more than seven million under-65s live without any experience of employment.

In some parts of the country almost a quarter of households are workless. In the past year alone a further 148,000 have been added to the grim statistic.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling said last night the ‘shocking’ figures were an indictment of the last government’s failure to tackle welfare reform.

H/T Blairite smike

The Left should be worried about radical Islam, too

Andrew Bolt links to a rare bit of good sense coming from the Green Left, albeit in Holland, not Australia.

Leftwing Green (GroenLinks) leader Femke Halsema believes that progressive politicians and thinkers should dare to make more criticisms of Islam.

Take homosexuals for example.

Indeed. Examining radical Islam shouldn’t and needn’t be divided, as it too often is, along Left/Right lines.

Arguably, it is the progressives who have the most to fear and lose when it comes to things like Sharia law and Islamic terrorism.

Over to you, Bob Brown.

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