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  3. Mrs Medved is a native Russian speaker so the kids understand Russian, don't speak it much though. Mandarin is an added bonus but we don't use it much at home. We listen to a Japanese language CD in the car so they pick up phrases, and we watch Ghibli Studio films with the Japanese soundtrack. Cartoons are a great way to teach another language to kids but it is hard to find ones that are appropriate for learning the language and keeping them entertained.
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  5. Kids pick up languages easily. If Mrs Medved speaks Mandarin she should just speak to the kids in it and they will pick it up. It's a crime that we don't pass on the language to our kids. My friend (Ed) is of Norwegian descent. Dad Norwegian, mum Aussie - spent their first few years in Norway. Mum speaks Norwegian. When they came back to Australia his brother was struggling at school and the teachers told them to stop speaking Norwegian at home. Ed could have spoken fluent Norwegian but can't because of the teacher's advice. Turned out the brother was an idiot.
  7. I'm not sure how two year-olds could write code. It requires the ability to read and spell (not to mention syntax) - unless a programming language is specifically designed so that you don't need to be able to perform basic literacy skills. That's without considering logic and constructs like variables, functions, objects, etc. Speaking with people at the local primary school, last year only two prep students could read coming into primary school - around 3% of the student population. So while I agree it's a good idea to start early I don't think two years of age will work without a new language developed that they can use... and even then it may not be feasible. My son and daughter could both recognise letters at the age of two, but programming is a massive leap above that. My son started reading music at four, but he's nowhere near the ability to read sheet music, only really basic stuff. My bias is towards teaching music and multiple language for pre-school children, not coding. I just haven't figured out the best way to introduce written East Asian characters... maybe Mrs Medved can introduce Mandarin and I'll try and pick up some katakana.
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  9. two year old coders What a load of sh*t. Although, the current skill level I experience at work is that of a two year old.
  10. Gerard Minack, Satyajit Das. Absolute bear porn.
  11. It's certainly the far rights best chance in a long time. To change the world to how they want it. Of course it won't be what they actually want. Their own futures won't be enhanced. The promises they were made won't eventuate. Bannon has been sacked and he's admitted as much. The swamp doesn't drain easily. It fights back. I was hoping that Abbott would remain in power for similar reasons. Give 'em enough rope so to speak... I've heard a load of opinion lately about not upsetting the alt right for fear of enlarging their base. One nation here is a case in point. Governments need one nations votes. And their base has legitimate grievances. High unemployment, no benefit from globalisation etc. They're looking for someone to blame. Lots of talk about universal income as well (hats off to you sir for raising this long before it became a thing) George Brandis stood up this week and it was good to see. I hardly ever agree with George. I can't agree with the pandering to opportunists argument. Let Trump speak on please, but the mass movement of the alt right needs to be opposed at every every opportunity along the way. Handing over any ground to any party that doesn't deal in actual evidence based policy is dangerous. In keeping with Godwin's law I will not mention names. It's encouraging that the "free speech" rally in Boston was met with overwhelming numbers of counter protesters. I don't like to see violence and I think overwhelming numbers against illustrate the level of support within a democracy and provide a suitable smack down for an offensive minority view . Likewise with Hanson. Also, likewise with Turnbull. I don't understand why the minority in his own party hold so much sway. Bipartisan support for evidence based policy will bypass the nutters on both extremes. The marginal seat holders would applaud the rise in their standing and would keep the far right rump at bay vis a vis leadership challenges. Grow a pair Mal if you want to do right by the country rather than preserve your own job. Even if you fail, in the long run you win. History will remember you favourably. rant over
  13. If Trump sh*ts and burns this year do you think his supporters (like cockwhistle here) will change their mind? I think we need more Trump for longer to really put these f*ckers out of the world. They can go back to dreaming of changing the world safe in the knowledge they will never be allowed to and are not competent enough to do so. It'll be like a 16 yr old explaining how the chick really wanted him but at least he will have the experience of being completely shut down and not be brave enough to try ever again. Or of course the hilarity of finding out that most US military people don't want to die in a cascade of nukes and, the ones I know anyway, will rapidly turn on the nazis and militia and wipe them off the face of the earth. Because, you know, actual training as opposed to wanky little bitch sessions and re defining words to cannon fodder 20 yr olds. Armstrong and his ilk get what they are asking for and they will find themselves sad old men in hiding. Good for the world in many ways though so there is always that. When I am angry drunk I totally feel we should let them have their game. Find out just how many people actually support their sh*te.
  14. She got what wanted. A cheap headline and the enhancement of her reputation as an 'outsider' condemned by the swamp. Her smile grew the longer Brandis spoke and her supporters lapped it up just in time for the Queensland election.
  15. Warm Temperatures Mean Lower Inflation, To a Point I guess if the global alarmists are correct, then yields will go into endless negative yields forever. But if it is just another cycle that has been going on for millennia, then sometime after 2019, many will be wearing a lot of egg on their faces!
  16. Nice bit of kabuki going on there. Will help sell tabloids and irate people dialling talk back radio.
  17. I don't like it. I have it on good advice that she's wearing a G-string to tomorrows sitting.
  19. 12 weeks and still nothing.
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  21. A track is a vehicle.
  22. Why is Queensland authorising ads for federal gay marriage? This whole thing is a sham.
  23. USA'ans call a ute a pick up. That's fine. But tonight I herd them call a ute a peak up.
  24. 57 fake id's and he gets a 900 fine!!
  25. It's trashy and a 5-minute show gets stretched out to 30. It's good fun watching the dumb phucks try to smuggle crap over the border. 1. Me no speak English 2. The second defence is to just say nothing. Saying nothing is usually a wise move. It's amazing how many people can suddenly speak English when a fine is issued.
  26. He must be feeling unloved by now 'What are we doing here?': Court throws out Salim Mehajer's appeal in minutes
  27. When I enrolled to vote I didn't in roll for a survey. I don't believe the AEC handing over my details to the ABS is legal.
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