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There is Nothing New Under The Sun

November 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on There is Nothing New Under The Sun · Christianity, Religion

That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new”? It has already been in ancient times before us. There is no remembrance of former things, Nor […]

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Overfit Models – “The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction”, Nate Silver

November 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on Overfit Models – “The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction”, Nate Silver · Modelling, Quotes, Statistics

But the overfit model scores those extra points in essence by cheating—by fitting noise rather than signal. It actually does a much worse job of explaining the real world. As obvious as this might seem when explained in this way, many forecasters completely ignore this problem. The wide array of statistical methods available to researchers […]

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Travelling Partners – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

November 1st, 2012 · Comments Off on Travelling Partners – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Love, Quotes, Travel

Never to go on trips with anyone you do not love.

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Daily Substitutes for Immortality – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on Daily Substitutes for Immortality – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Newspapers, Quotes, The Media

In those days may people went to the cafes at the corner of the Boulevard Montparnasse and the Boulevard Raspail to be seen publicly and in a way such places anticipated the columnists as the daily substitutes for immortality.

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The Quiet Majesty of Long Marriage – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen

October 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Quiet Majesty of Long Marriage – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen · Marriage, Quotes

the quiet majesty of long marriage

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The Gair Affair in Parliament – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 16th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Gair Affair in Parliament – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Politics, Queensland, Quotes

Upon the revelation of the Gair Affair: Whitlam reacted angrily, even threatening to go to the High Court but the delighted federal opposition rubbed salt into the wound. During question time, Anthony asked the prime minister if he had ever been taken for a ride by Bjelke-Petersen: “The premier of Queensland is a very experienced […]

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Callaghan’s Lines – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 11th, 2012 · Comments Off on Callaghan’s Lines – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Political Communication, Politics, Queensland, Quotes, Socialism

Callaghan also became the creative source of sharp, catchy phrases for the premier to use against his political opponents. It’s a long list but includes some very effective ones: “death-adder unions – they strike first”; “when you go to the unemployment office tell ‘em Gough sent you”; “help Tom Burns fight air pollution – give […]

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When the Storm Troopers Come – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 10th, 2012 · Comments Off on When the Storm Troopers Come – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Politics, Queensland, Quotes

Callaghan: “When the storm troopers come Lunn, when they knock on your door I will tell them to smile”. This was Callaghan humour.

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Government v Opposition in the Media – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 10th, 2012 · Comments Off on Government v Opposition in the Media – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, Quotes, Spin, The Media

Callaghan: “Governments make news, Oppositions give only views”.

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Callaghan and Journalists – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 9th, 2012 · Comments Off on Callaghan and Journalists – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, Queensland, Quotes, The Media

(Callaghan) answered the phone (to journalists) like an officer to a corporal: “Speak, it’s your ten cents,” Callaghan would say, or, before you spoke, “we deny everything”. “What do you want, a medal”? was another favourite Callaghan opener in conversations with journalists, not matter how important. Reporters who asked about the Queensland Gerrymander received more […]

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