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Laws of Motion or Pooping On Political Agreements


This is a rant of scientific proportions. Some may even call this a long winded joke! It is not meant to actually make any scientific sense. But if it does, don’t blame me!

Newton’s laws of motion are three physical laws that form the basis for classical mechanics. They describe the relationship between the forces acting on a body and its motion due to those forces. They have been expressed in several different ways over nearly three centuries,[1] and can be summarized as follows:

  1. First Law: Every body remains in a state of rest or uniform motion (constant velocity) unless it is acted upon by an external unbalanced force. [2][3][4] This means that in the absence of a non-zeronet force, the center of mass of a body either remains at rest, or moves at a constant speed in a straight line.
  2. Second Law: A body of mass m subject to a force F undergoes an acceleration a that has the same direction as the force and a magnitude that is directly proportional to the force and inversely proportional to the mass, i.e., Fma. Alternatively, the total force applied on a body is equal to the time derivative of linear momentum of the body.
  3. Third Law: The mutual forces of action and reaction between two bodies are equal, opposite and collinear. This means that whenever a first body exerts a force F on a second body, the second body exerts a force −F on the first body. F and −F are equal in magnitude and opposite in direction. This law is sometimes referred to as the action-reaction law, with F called the “action” and −F the “reaction”.

You are probably wondering what this has to do with politics, what the hell am I smoking, and where can you pick some up. People consider laws such as these to be only applicable to physics. They do not. They, to use a Life of Brian type of quote, refer to anything that exists in your physical world and not just the cheese-makers. Newton discovered that there are 3 Laws of motion, and it is according to these laws that forces act on bodies.  Now many think they only belong to the world of science. So many have blinded views of life. Allow me to explain using politics.

The First Law:

We had an election that didn’t quite go the way the constant velocity bodies (the major parties) had expected. Voters, an external unbalanced force (and I mean that in the nicest sense people) tipped the world of the politicians upside down. Some liked the ride and others did not. That image of Christopher Pyne  and Anthony Albanese in the group hug is definitely a sign of people out of their comfort zone.

The Second Law:

Now that the voters have shaken up the lower house, the bodies inside the house now react to this shake-up. And that is what happened. For 17 days, the little bodies ran around hitting each other and reacting. There was a lot of huff and puff and highs and lows and this kept going for weeks until an agreement was put in place and the bodies snow globe of parliament stopped shaking and we sat and watched the little snow flakes moving and eventually settle.

The Third Law:

This is the state that politicians are more used to having. A state of push-me pull-you. And don’t we all know politicians love to play the game of pull-you. As mud is where pigs love to frolic, this Third Law is the most comfortable for many politicians, and it is where the Coalition are now playing. Of course with each push-me pull-you there is an equal and opposite push-me pull-you, and it would be interesting to see how the intent of the coalition is interpreted by free bodies that backed them. We will have to wait and see if the distrust that Tony Crook had for the Liberal party exacerbates. Likewise we will need to see if Bob Katter’s current ‘love’ for the National Party shifts to the Liberal Party as well.

The Coalition made an interesting call. Interesting in that they managed to knock out a hell of a lot of reforms they claimed they want to see. Interesting as no doubt each one (except the pairing for the speaker) will more than likely be attempted to be added.  And the excuse of an informal agreement is a little silly as they have informal agreements for pairing arrangements now. Basically, Tony is doing what any animal does in life that is looking to propagate : he is trying to do a mating dance. He is attempting to gee up the fans at the wrestling contest and he is strutting his stuff.

I don’t understand why they actually agreement itself was not accepted anyway and then the Coalition use the rights given to it by not volunteering a pair for the speaker. That is allow 22 of the 23 points. Who amongst us expects to actually see them accept them on their own?

You see lets look at some of these points and what they may do to an opposition in a minority government. Well for one, it empowers independents. That’s not going to be good for them having to spend time seeing others raise bills and policies and taking the spot light away from what them and what many of them may consider their place to shine that light on their own party and stop them form dulling the governments.

The old push me pull you thing I mentioned before. It is not in their interest at all to see this reform added. Another they will want to keep away is the one that allows for someone caught outside the house at a division to be able to vote on the same division at another stage. This takes away the chance for the opposition to catch the government outnumbered at a no confidence vote. Expect to see Port-a-loos or potties  in the house this term.

Of course the same reform can stop the government from trying to sneak in a bill when the Coalition are outnumbered too! So maybe they will bring that one in. The parliamentary budget office was one I would have thought they would have wanted, but I guess not wanting another to have your policy costed is something they want to avoid like the plague as Tony Windsor and the other independents discovered with that little hole in the coalitions costings or as Andrew Robb put it, a difference of opinion.

Newton and his preferred hairstyle

Einstein and his preferred hairstyle

There are more, but I will leave them for other people to look at and explore. I just wanted to remind everyone that Newton has been proven wrong before.

For example Newton had a theory on gravity and Einstein had a theory on gravity. Newton believed the force to be constant and rigged.

Einstein argued that it varied depending on the size of the force and in fact that same force could affect time and space. I think I may be ranting a little too much.

Needless to say, a device called Gravity Probe B launched in 2004 that  allowed scientists to discover in 2007 that Einstein was right in regards to mass and in 2009 he was also right about space and time.

Recently the CERN released a paper on the results of an experiment at the Hadron Collider. In that report, they believe they have discovered a Fourth possible law.

From the report:

In some of the LHC’s proton-proton collisions, a hundred or more particles can be produced. The CMS collaboration has studied such collisions by measuring angular correlations between the particles as they fly away from the point of impact, and this has revealed that some of the particles are intimately linked in a way not seen before in proton collisions.

Scientists stress they need to do more testing but I am going out on a limb! I’m calling it the Paradigm Law. And I believe that Tony Abbott and the Coalition are about to get a great big dirty dose of it right up the kisser.

When you lie to the public, as both parties do all the time, you can get away with it. People don’t care. But when you lie to someone you work with….well lets just say for each reaction, there is an equal and opposite reaction. And according to the scientists at the CERN, expect this to upset Mr Abbott right in his rabbit hole.

Behold Alice:

Another CERN experiment that will be following developments with great interest is ALICE, whose detector is optimised to study collisions of nuclei. Like the experiments at RHIC, ALICE aims to study matter in the hot dense state that would have existed just tiny fractions of a second after the Big Bang in a bid to understand how such matter evolved into the ordinary nuclear matter that makes up the Universe today. The observation of proton-proton collisions producing large numbers of particles bodes well for this new phase of LHC running.

That’s right Mr Abbott! Who would have believed that there is something hotter and denser than you.

The punch line

A. Ghebranious    2010          All Rights Reserved


One Comment
  1. yeah my dad will like this

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