The Brownlow Medal

About 2 a.m. this morning, the debate in the US began and more on that over at OoL but it was also the Brownlow downunder, a huge evening Australia-wide.


I read some comment about it being the boys’ night and the girls were attempting to hijack it. Don’t know anyone who would not agree it was also very much the girls’ night, their biggest for the year and well done to each of them.

The concept of a room full of men watching a voting process for the season’s best and fairest, minus any ladies at all is not one I wish to entertain.

When it comes back on the hitherto poorly challenged left

Fernandez makes some good points:

Nick Cohen warns in the Guardian that the “new elite” for so long unchallenged is now facing its self-generated Nemesis: “the often demagogic and always deceitful nationalism … of Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen and Vladimir Putin.” He explains that while part of the blame must lie with orthodox leftists “who respond to the challenge of argument by screaming for the police to arrest the politically incorrect or for universities to ban speakers,” things have gone altogether too far in the other direction to ignore. “Only true liberalism can thwart the demagogues” now he writes. Otherwise the upstarts might gain power and treat the globalist elites exactly the way they treated others.

The strategy of “by any means necessary” appeals to the militants confident they possess the truth and are on the “right side of history.” For them the rules are made to be broken. They could cheat because history gave them license to. “By any means necessary is a translation of a phrase used by the French intellectual Jean-Paul Sartre in his play Dirty Hands. It entered the popular civil rights culture through a speech given by Malcolm X at the Organization of Afro-American Unity Founding Rally on June 28, 1964. It is generally considered to leave open all available tactics for the desired ends, including violence.”

The problem is that the strategy works when only one side employs it. When both sides employ it equally, they become locked in a race to the bottom.

Maybe. Either way, the wind has changed direction, bob Dylan and the times, they are a changing, only not the way the left would like.

Baron von Münchhausen [sic]

Numbers with the property that the sum of their digits raised to themselves equals the number itself might be best explained with an example:


Your challenge, dear eggheads, is to give the next one up.

Questions to two Sydney teens

A Sydney teenager portrayed as the face of youth unemployment in Australia has revealed she fabricated her story.

The Daily Telegraph carried a front page story about Amy and her friend Ashleigh, who declared they had no desire to get jobs.

They were branded a new breed of “dole bludger”, sparking a media debate about NEETs, young people “not in employment, education or training”.

The treasurer had vowed to personally look into their unemployment benefits.

Question – why would you have done that?

1. You’re as thick as pigs***;
2. The Mail paid you big bikkies;
3. You’re fame-cravers and wanted your 15 minutes;
4. You never thought?



For the better part of a day, KrebsOnSecurity, arguably the world’s most intrepid source of security news, has been silenced, presumably by a handful of individuals who didn’t like a recent series of exposés reporter Brian Krebs wrote. The incident, and the record-breaking data assault that brought it on, open a troubling new chapter in the short history of the Internet.

The crippling distributed denial-of-service attacks started shortly after Krebs published stories stemming from the hack of a DDoS-for-hire service known as vDOS. The first article analyzed leaked data that identified some of the previously anonymous people closely tied to vDOS. It documented how they took in more than $600,000 in two years by knocking other sites offline. A few days later, Krebs ran a follow-up piece detailing the arrests of two men who allegedly ran the service. A third post in the series is here.

On Thursday morning, exactly two weeks after Krebs published his first post, he reported that a sustained attack was bombarding his site with as much as 620 gigabits per second of junk data. That staggering amount of data is among the biggest ever recorded. Krebs was able to stay online thanks to the generosity of Akamai, a network provider that supplied DDoS mitigation services to him for free.

Read on …