How to teach a kid to go far in life

So true these days. It seems to be successful, you need to be an arse.
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9 JanAlan Moir, The Sydney Morning Herald’s political cartoonist, sketches the political unreality.

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Be careful if you have a burning between your legs, you don’t want to be labelled a Terrorist.

I’ve been reading about Jasper Schuringa, the Dutch film director who subdued Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (or is it Abdul Mutallab ?) on Flight 253.

Anyway, apparently having a burning object between your legs makes you a terrorist. Hmm… I’ll restrain from commenting further.

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Schuringa said he saw that Abdulmutallab had his pants open and he was holding a burning object between his legs.
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KFC racist, or just US media seeing the world through lenses of racism as usual?

This was not a black America issue. This was not even an American ad. It had nothing to do with colour or race. It was about an Aussie cricket fan surrounded by West-Indian cricket fans. Aussies and Kiwis never thought of it as ‘white vs black’.
WE are not uncomfortable about people having different skin colours. WE find skin colour irrelevant. It is totally acceptable to bring home a girlfriend of a different race, because it is not important.
Americans view people as either Black or White. THAT is racist. Stop being racist America! Colour should be invisible!
I have heard that KFC didn’t have the bottle to stand up for itself. The ad has been taken of air. Pathetic.
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Although intended only for an Antipodean audience, the clip has quickly found its way around the world on the internet, prompting stinging criticism in the US where fried chicken remains closely associated with age-old racist stereotypes about black people in the once segregated south.
KFC Australia has come out fighting, saying that the commercial was a “light-hearted reference to the West Indian cricket team” that had been “misinterpreted by a segment of people in the US.”
In the Australian media, the reaction has been mixed, with some commentators accusing Americans of “insularity”. Brendon O’Connor, an associate professor at the University of Sydney, told 9 Network News that the association between fried chicken and ethnic minorities was a distinctly US issue: “They have a tendency to think that their history is more important than that of other countries.”

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Hey Kids! Learn how to plagiarise without being caught.

The war on kids is on.Your teachers are out to catch you copying useful information from websites in to pointless homework (yes research shows most homework has no educational benefit). While you may call it being resourceful and efficient, THEY call it plagiarism. Luckily the Brits have published notes on how they catch you. Good luck sweeties!
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Children can also be easily tripped up by copying passages from websites
containing American phrases and spellings – a clear sign of plagiarism.

The comments were made in a series of documents
sent to pupils, parents and teachers warning against cheating at school.

Among the most obvious giveaways was when an essay suddenly changed “in font,
styles, sizes and indentation and line spacing”, Ofqual said, indicating
that passages had been carelessly copied.

Teachers were also told to look out for the use of phases and spellings in
American English, suggesting pupils had downloaded work from foreign
websites. This includes phrases such as “go get” for “go and get”, “have
gotten” instead of “have got” and “period” for “full-stop”.

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  • Authenticity: A Guide for Teachers (PDF, 586 KB)
  • Avoiding Plagiarism: A Guide for Parents and Carers (PDF, 565 KB)
  • Using Sources: A Guide for Students: Find it – Check it – Credit it (PDF, 653 KB)
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    Aussie and Kiwi scientists to show “lethal research” is not required to study whales.

    I still think they should take some shoulder fired missiles with them and stick a few into the sides of the Japanese whaling fleet.
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    The decision by the New Zealand and Australian governments to send scientists to Antarctic waters next month is a positive new step in the fight to end Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean.
    The scientists will depart next month on the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research vessel Tangaroa. They will collect data on whales by photographing their tail markings, listening to their calls and firing small darts to obtain genetic material. They will also use satellite tags to enable the whales to be tracked.
    the work should prove that “lethal research” is not required to study whales. This is the device which, despite the 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling, will allow Japan to kill its quota of about 1000 whales this summer.

    Unlike the Japanese research, the Australasian scientists’ work will be published in peer-reviewed journals, which would make the case against the “scientific” whaling charade even stronger.

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    Japan declares war in the Antarctic, sink whale-killing protest ship

    The Japanese have been hunting whales in a protected wild-life sanctuary for years, and every year the opposition gets bigger. Both sides play tough, but the sides are not evenly matched.

    What’s annoying is that the Japanese pretend that the hunting and killing of whales is for “scientific” purposes.

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    The new Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's boat the Ady Gil in November.

    The new Sea Sheperd Conservation Society’s boat the Ady Gil in November. Photo: Peter Mathew

    Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd’s stealth boat Ady Gil has been cut in half by a Japanese security vessel in the Antarctic today
    The $1.5 million high-tech vessel’s remains were sinking, but its six-man crew had been rescued and was uninjured

    Captain Watson said the Ady Gil was idling in waters near Commonwealth Bay when it was suddenly approached and rammed by the Japanese ship Shonan Maru, which has been detailed to provide security to the fleet.

    Earlier today, the fleet was contacted for the first time by the Ady Gil and Sea Shepherd’s surprise third vessel, the Bob Barker.

    “According to the Institute of Cetacean Research, the Ady Gil’s crew were launching projectiles at the Nisshin Maru and attempted to entangle its propellers with rope.”

    ICR video footage shows the vessel stalking the Japanese ship, towing ropes from its stern.

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