Daily Archives: June 6, 2009

Fashion victim

As you can see…

0606 015 But would I actually wear it?

Well, I may in places like the doctor’s waiting room – a great place to get flu – or on the bus.

See Melbourne the swine flu capital of the world.

MELBOURNE is now the swine-flu capital of the world, with the H1N1 virus twice as prevalent in the Victorian population as it is in Mexico, where the pandemic began.

As Singaporean authorities yesterday advised travellers to avoid Melbourne where possible, federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon emphasised there were no domestic travel restrictions in place, despite swine flu breaching the containment protocols in the state…

In total, Australia now has 1006 confirmed cases of H1N1, 874 of those being Victorians.

With the state’s comparatively small population, this means swine flu occurs in about one in 9139 Victorians – more than double the one in 21,860 Mexicans with the virus and triple the one in 27,295 people with swine flu in the US.

The Singapore Government posted a health warning on its website advising residents to defer non-essential travel to Victoria. And it is warning Singaporeans returning from Victoria to be alert for any flu-like symptoms.

Victorian Premier John Brumby yesterday questioned Singapore’s stance…

But of course I am not in Victoria.


Posted by on June 6, 2009 in diversions, health, personal


June Saturday stats: 1

Floating Life

1,021 views so far this month. The top five individual posts in the past seven days were:

  1. How good is your English? Test and Answers 81 views
  2. New Surry Hills Library: excellent 42
  3. Delia Malchert – Migraine Aura – Scintillating Scotoma 32
  4. Australian poem: 2008 series #9 — "The Angel’s Kiss"  30
  5. Australian poem 2008 series #17: "Australia" — A D Hope 30

I notice too the first visitor via the new search engine Bing.

Ninglun’s Specials

210 views so far this month.

  1. 10. But is it art? Responses to the Bill Henson controversy 23
  2. Sequel: Art Monthly Australia July 2008 16
  3. Gustave Dore’s "Ancient Mariner" illustrations 11
  4. Family stories 3 — About the Whitfields 10
  5. Surry Hills 7

Photo Blog

It has reverted to black. ;)  172 views so far this month.

  1. Surry Hills: new community centre and library nearing completion 11
  2. Seen in Redfern 5 9
  3. Surry Hills: “Little India” 3  6
  4. Seen in Redfern 4 4
  5. War memorials 1 – Crown Street Public School 4

Apr 06 ~ Nov 07

498 views so far this month.

  1. Friday Australian poem #17: Bruce Dawe, 111
  2. There are at least two movies called Swimming Upstream 50
  3. Assimilation, Integration, Multiculturalism 45
  4. Two Australian poems of World War II 42
  5. John Howard: bullying expert extraordinaire 23


1,733 views so far this month.

  1. Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein" — and "Blade Runner" 294
  2. How should I write up a Science experiment? 282
  3. Studying the Gothic, or Emily Bronte? 111
  4. The "Belonging" Essay 58
  5. How can I write faster in exams? 57

Ninglun on Blogspot

Stats from Google Analytics. 119 views from 93 visits so far this month. In the past seven days 97 of 123 views were of the front page of the blog generically.

  1. New Surry Hills Community Centre and Library  4
  2. Winter Light 2 — Belvoir Street 3
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Posted by on June 6, 2009 in site news, site stats


Obama and the Muslim world – not unexpected or without precedent

There has been much comment on Obama’s speech in Cairo, but its tone and direction are not unexpected. One can even hope that it will be effective in focussing on violent extremism (of any kind) rather than confusing the issue, as past policy has done, by intentionally or unintentionally indicting about a third of the world’s population. It comes as no surprise as Obama’s approach closely follows that of Madeleine Albright in her The Mighty and the Almighty and was foreshadowed in Changing Course – A New Direction for U.S. Relations with the Muslim WorldReport of the Leadership Group on U.S.-Muslim Engagement September 2008 (SECOND PRINTING, WITH A NEW PREFACE AND ENDORSEMENTS February 2009). See my earlier post on this.

One might also reflect on the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli.

Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

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Posted by on June 6, 2009 in America, current affairs, faith, fundamentalism and extremism, Islam, Middle East, pluralism, terrorism, USA