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Monday, November 29, 2004
 
Here we go again

Phillip Adams just can't help himself. Even when writing about a genuine outrage, in this case the Bhophal poison gas disaster, he still manages to include a swipe at the US (quoting an indian photojournalist):

"It's fashionable to print pictures of September 11, where 3000 people died," he says. "But not ones of a disaster where 20,000 people died and as many as 100,000 suffer continuing health problems."

Thats funny - I don't recall any 'fashionable' publishing of September 11 photos, and to be honest I can't even remember the last time I saw a S11 photo. This was particularly apparent during the recent US election, where the media didn't want to "inflame opinion" (i.e. help Bush) by publishing photos of people jumping out of burning buildings. Either way, Mr Rai is apparently trying to make photos of Bhophal fashionable, or at least profitable:

An exhibition of Raghu Rai's photographs, Exposure: Portrait of a Corporate Crime, is in Sydney at Darlinghurst's Tap Gallery and at the George Hanna Memorial Museum in Botany.

 
Thought for the day

It occured to me today that the kids being born nowadays in Australia have a very good chance of living to see the year 2100. Thats kinda freaky. I wonder if they will have flying cars by then? Growing up I was promised them by the end of the millenium. Where the hell are they? Beyond 2000 has a lot of explaining to do...

Sunday, November 28, 2004
 
A stunning victory

Mark "lame duck" Latham has scored a crushing victory and asserted his leadership power by extracting a "statement of deep contrition" from Stephen "who?" Conroy.

Rumours suggest that the next person on Latham's hit list is the tea lady in the Parliamentary canteen who once sniggered as he walked past. Stay tuned...

Thursday, November 25, 2004
 
Let the good times roll

Howard gets up, Bush gets up, and now Richard Neville has a blog. (You can see my previous thoughts on Dicky here.) The world truly is heading in the right direction.

Ignoring the hilarity of a self proclaimed futurist jumping on the blogging caper about 5 years too late, the site itself is a comedy goldmine. From his insightful commentary on the war:

The Coalition reduced to the level of Nazis

To his highlighting of coalition atrocities:

No electricity, no food, no water, no asprin, no justice

To the most pissweak photoshop job I have ever seen (commentator "fred" hoped that Richard can get the lipstick off his scanner).

Richard also alerts us to the 'spraying' of a 'banned chemical weapon' - white phosphorus. Once again, anybody who will believe anything bad about the US military is easy to sucker into publishing blatantly stupid things like this. It shouldn't come as a suprise I guess, I imagine the only part of the periodic table that Richard is familiar with is Lithium.

I predict a rather quick demise of this blog, especially the way the comments are running - currently about 5 - 1 against Neville. And of those supporting him, he has such deep thinkers as Shane Muir. Shane starts off just as a hippy:

Gee Richard.. you get a lot of shit thrown at you for speaking out with integrity and love. I guess that's why, as a public figure, courage is involved in this.

Before falling into lunacy:

OK... Imagine you are a meglomaniac assole, who thought that money ran the world, and you knew it was time time for another Pearl Harbour. Wouldn't you wanna show off?? Of course. And these assoles did. In Buiding Seven was a room with its own water/oxygen supply. All the assoles, including our beloved Prime Minister, watched the planes crash into the World Trade Centre from this magnificent vantage point.

Thats the kind of guy I want in my intellectual corner. I look forward to seeing Muir on other blogs, as he obviously hangs out at the same ones i do:

So come on guys.. give yourselfs and Richard a break and open your hearts to the truth... or are you all just CIA guys like on so many sites I go to these days.

Before finally entering into a zone beyond parody:

Look Jack/Dean/CIA Guy...you guys invented the internet remember..to set off nooklar weapons...remember...

and could someone who is real please please please send me an email..
just so we can establish who is not CIA


Against Richard, we have those attempting to highlight the absurdity of his positions, and those who just go for abuse. They are much more fun:

This is the crudest 'analysis' on Irag I have ever come across - and that's a big call for the internet. I've seen better reasoned 'arguments' drawn in crayon on placards at student street demonstrations. All the passion and defiance of a 14-year old thumbing their nose at a policeman. Give it up mate.

Hey Richard,
A long (long!) time ago lots of my friends thought you were pretty cool. But to me you always were, and will always remain, a fuckwit.
cheers


Even I'm struggling on this one Richard. Go easy on the little red pills. They're dynamite. Tim O'Leary for ever, huh? See you at the next full moon party in Goa.

Um Shane Muir your planet called and it is time to go home.
Alternatively you can do the most basic research into the temperature that jet fuel burns at, retard.


The most insightful comment however, came from Mindy Somersby:

My cat's name is mittens.

My prediction? Dicky will shut down comments, claiming harassment and/or never post again. I give it two weeks tops.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004
 
Gun bad, sword good

The National Institute on Media and the Family has released its annual report on which computer games kiddies should avoid.

It appears basically that anything involving a gun is on the list, so we get a top 4 of:

Doom 3
Grand Theft Auto 3: San Andreas
Half life 2
Halo 2

I agree that people should avoid Doom 3, but only because it was crap. I can't really argue with the GTA entry - you get to shoot, bash, rob and run over people, speed, steal cars, break into homes etc etc. It is not a family friendly game. Half life 2 is mostly killing aliens, but you do knock over a few human quislings as well, so maybe. But Halo 2? You are saving earth by blowing away alien scum! Its basically a community service.

But what is suprising is the list of 'recommended' games - Myst IV, Jak 3 and Prince of Persia.

Prince of Persia?:

Amidst the scorched sands of ancient Persia, there is a legend spun in an ancient tongue. It speaks of a time borne by blood and ruled by deceit. It is within this war torn land that a young Prince discovers a magic dagger. Drawn to its dark powers, he is led to unleash a deadly evil upon the reaches of his father’s vast kingdom. Aided by the wiles of a seductive princess and the absolute powers of the Sands of Time, the Prince stages a harrowing quest to reclaim the Palace’s cursed chambers, and restore peace to the very fabric of Time itself. He must tread these dangers carefully, however. Because in this world, there is only one rule: master the Sands, or be buried.

Even ignoring the publicity blurb, the game involves, inter alia, running around with a dirty great big sword, as well as a magical dagger, running up walls and stabbing/chopping people. I fail to see why that is okay for the kiddies, but helping Master Chief take down the Covenant is taboo. Why can the Prince carry a magical shiv, but Chief can't pack heat?

 
The carnage continues

I am sure there will be a time in the future where the Coalition is a disorganised rabble, full of talentless, bickering hacks, with no vision for the future or viable policy platforms.

Until that time, I intend on continuing to gloat at Labor's situation of just that. The buzzards continue to circle around Latham:

SENIOR Labor figures say Mark Latham could be dumped within weeks after the ALP leader yesterday said his state premiers were partly to blame for the party's devastating federal election loss.

And the previous allegations that Latham wasn't taking sufficient personal responsibility for the loss - doesn't look like they are going away in a hurry either:

Despite the sometimes-frank assessment of the loss, senior figures were not impressed.
"Latham's f..king mad; he's in complete denial," one said.


Of the Scoresby allegations, a senior Victorian source said: "It is a preposterous proposition unsupported by internal party polling."

Though it does seem to support alliteration. Now that Labor is beginning to realise they are out of touch with the majority of Australian voters, how do they intend to fix it?

These include a more robust approach to attracting star-quality candidates to marginal seats.

But Labor national president Carmen Lawrence said candidates and campaign officials would also have to sign "milestone contract" setting out benchmarks for respective performance and obligations to the campaign.

Will Latham sign one of those? Maybe he has to get the primary vote above a measly 40%, else he is out the door? Speaking of which, how long does Biff have?

A former frontbencher said Mr Latham needed to score political points by February or he would be gone.

Gee Mark, isn't it annoying when people retire themselves to the backbench so that they can partake in some petty sniping?

Tuesday, November 23, 2004
 
Shooting from the lip

An amusing article in Slate shows why some people are such fans of banning things - its not because they think they are inherently wrong, but because they are scared that they might like them.

Emily Yoffe rocks up to a shooting range in her Volvo, radio tuned to NPR. What happens next is nothing short of an epiphany:

The human hand feels like it was designed to handle a pistol. It feels as natural as a shot glass or a cigarette, and I suddenly understood why we have a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (or the Bureau of Things You Like To Fool With That Can Be Bad).

She has a crack with a shotgun, a .38 Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolver, Beretta 92FS semi-auto and finally, the instructor's Sig Sauer P226. Even the NPR producer with her ends up wanting to have a go:

After I emptied the semi, Dianna came up hesitantly. "Umm, how hard would it be for me to umm, shoot a few rounds?" she asked Ricardo. I said, "I told you so."

"Well, you look like such a badass doing it, I want to try," she explained.

And for any guys out there thinking of taking up shooting:

Before I slinked back to my now-embarrassing Volvo, I stopped to watch two men shooting. They were fast and fluid and the targets shattered one after another. I am happily married, but I found myself thinking these two—whose faces I couldn't even make out—were awfully attractive.

 
Nerd Wars

If you don't get it, I am not going to try and explain it to you.

 
Out with the old, in with.. the old.

Nobody likes a loser. And very few people like Mark Latham as a possible Prime Minister - 27% of people in fact. As always, there is the caveat of trusting polls, the traditional slump of a defeated opposition leader etc etc, but when you chuck in a 38% primary vote, or 47% two party preferred, things look pretty grim. Though when you consider that Labor managed 37.6% primary vote at the actual election, things are looking up!

The other problem for labor is a lack of alternatives. Having waded through the steaming pile that is Philip Adams' latest column, we find that though he is calling for Latham's head:

"A better strategy would be to replace him within the twelvemonth, giving his successor a couple of years to build a reputation and a policy base."

He doesn't provide any suggestions as to who that successor could be. (As an aside, what kind of tosser uses the expression "twelvemonth"?)

Lets look at the options:

Simon Crean - He has leadership experience, having been stabbed in the back once already. Downsides include his negative personality quotient and complete lack of leadership skills.

Kim Beazley - He has contested more losing elections than Latham, so should really know which mistakes not to make again. If Beazley was reinstalled as leader, I would give even money odds that Howard would stick around for one more election, just to towel him up some more.

Julia Gillard - Invariably described as one of Labor's 'up and comers', which is code for 'media favorite'. Latham got this tag early (remember the Good Weekend profile suggesting he was a future PM?), and look how well he did.

Kevin Rudd. Election positives - speaks Chinese. Election negatives - looks like Harry Potter, is a member of the Labor party.

Wayne Swan - Current shadow treasurer. Can't do worse than Crean in this role. Also sets himself up for the traditional treasurer's role of stabbing the leader in the back. Short priced favorite. He will have to hope that some of the gems from his maiden speech stay hidden however:

"However, hindering the development of appropriate interventionist policies over the past few decades has been the unhealthy dominance of laissez-faire economists in universities, in the bureaucracy, in private industry and in the conservative parties. To those people, greed is good and taxation is theft. "

The "Glimmer Twins" BS has got to go as well (See Stephen Smith)

Stephen Smith: Industrial Relations spokesperson, and the other "glimmer twin" Have a look at these two. Is there anybody less rock and roll than them? Where do people get off comparing them to the real glimmer twins? Thats rock and roll baby! Smith also has what it is known as "angry man hair" Any person whose hair covers their temples like that is generally on a short fuse, and is not to be trusted as the leader of a major political party...

And really, thats about it. Labor aren't suicidal enough to install Martin Ferguson, another union hack, or desperate enough to go with a token appointment like Jenny Macklin. Nope, they, and us, are stuck with Latham for a while longer yet. Frankly, I can't wait...





Monday, November 22, 2004
 
Toolie photographers

Is it just me, or do all these media stories warning about the risks involved in schoolies week seem to be just an excuse to run lots of photos of 17 and 18 year old girls in short skirts?

UPDATE - and 17 year olds in bikinis of course, dont forget them.

UPDATE 2 - did I mention bikinis?

 
Yay for me

Over the weekend I cracked the massive 500 visit mark. How you like them apples Professor? (I refuse to link to Daily "screw 'em" Kos, even for the sake of a bad joke)

Wednesday, November 17, 2004
 
That's one idea certainly

Blackfive has a level headed and wise suggested exit strategy for Iraq and Afghanistan.

Frank J also adds his thoughts on the Marine who is alleged to have shot a wounded Iraqi:

There is a lot of controversy about the Marine who killed a wounded enemy, but why was the enemy only wounded in the first place? Sounds like shoddy workmanship from previous Marines in not making efficient full-fledged kills on first contact, and, to me, that's the real scandal.

UPDATE: Judging from comments, I think this issue shows that the right-wing community has a large lack of compassion for wounded, murderous thugs. Maybe we should work on that.

Actually, that might take some time. Let's just play videogames instead.

Not to mention the resignation of Colin Powell as Secretary of State:

Now that Colin Powell is resigning, who should be Secretary of State?

I say the Incredible Hulk. We need more of a pro-smash stuff approach to diplomacy.



Monday, November 15, 2004
 
Adopt a sniper

I don't think it is being run by world vision, but here is an interesting twist on the "adopt-a" concept - Adopt a sniper:

A Texas police SWAT officer is running a charity for frontline snipers in Iraq and Afghanistan, supplying everything from baby wipes to body armour.

Here is the website.

Almost all of the gear Sain ships has one thing in common, he said: It’s specific to the very specialized sniper community and thus often very hard for civilian family and friends to supply to deployed servicemembers.

“It’s easy for [snipers] to write home and say, ‘I want a can of shaving cream,’” Sain said. “But trying to explain a Gen 4 Molle gear to Mom is a lot harder. She’d gladly spend the money, but she doesn’t know where to get it.”

Looking at their forums, they appear to be unmoderated currently. I just hope that Mr Sain's time is not uncessarily taken up cleaning up all the trolls that will follow now that his website has been picked up by Reuters.

Then again, looking at their Iraq photo album, the sniper community is perhaps not one that people should be posting (supposedly) anonymous abuse to...



 
Do we call it the Intermart or Walnet?

Today's interesting fact #1:

Wal-Mart has 460 terabytes of data stored on Teradata mainframes, made by NCR, at its Bentonville headquarters. To put that in perspective, the Internet has less than half as much data, according to experts.

Interesting fact #2 (gathered from #1)

"strawberry Pop-Tarts increase in sales, like seven times their normal sales rate, ahead of a hurricane," Ms. Dillman said in a recent interview

Unsurprising fact #1

"And the pre-hurricane top-selling item was beer."

Sunday, November 14, 2004
 
Shocking police actions

There are regular calls for the Victorian Police to adopt Tasers, usually after they have just shot someone.

People calling for their introduction may want to consider what may happen if some police officers are given a weapon which they are assured is non-lethal. They may get a little trigger happy...:

MIAMI - Police have acknowledged using a stun gun to immobilize a 12-year-old girl just weeks after an officer jolted a first-grader with 50,000 volts.

Police Director Bobby Parker defended the decision to use a Taser on the 6-year-old boy last month because he was threatening to injure himself with a shard of glass. But Parker said Friday that he could not defend the decision to shock the fleeing girl, who was skipping school and apparently drunk.

 
Better check one more time...

Whilst this story about a camera hidden in the female showers at a university dorm is not amusing, this part did raise an eyebrow:

The college had been worried that images from the camera might find their way onto the internet, but so far this had not happened.

"The police have kept a very careful eye on places where this might happen and there has been no evidence of it," Mr Webb said.

I bet they are pulling double surveillance shifts at Police HQ

Friday, November 12, 2004
 
At least he is honest..

about being a smug condescending prick. Remember Ted Rall (he of "Goomba Goom!" fame)?

Here's what he has to say about his Red State brethren:

By any objective standard, you had to be spectacularly stupid to support Bush.

...

But if militant Christianist Republicans from inland backwaters believe that secular liberal Democrats from the big coastal cities look upon them with disdain, there's a reason. We do, and all the more so after this election.

...

Why shouldn't those of us on the coasts feel superior? We eat better, travel more, dress better, watch cooler movies, earn better salaries, meet more interesting people, listen to better music and know more about what's going on in the world. If you voted for Bush, we accept that we have to share the country with you. We're adjusting to the possibility that there may be more of you than there are of us. But don't demand our respect. You lost it on November 2.

Tell me again why the Democrats (and Labor) lost the respective elections?

(Via the Sullivan)

Thursday, November 11, 2004
 
Protest Warrior

In honour of Protest Warrior's first foray on Australian soil, I went and checked out whether they had updated their suggested protest signs. Many are variations on a theme (but amusing nonetheless), but I especially liked this one, this one, and this one.

As for the counter protest mentioned above, observe a) how ugly all the people are (thus depriving them of the "I will march to try and score chicks" demographic they could rely on in the 1960's) b) the hilarity of the women kneeling and begging them to "think of the children" and c) the writing on the road here (a beautiful piece of ironic photography).

 
Candygram for Mr Mungo

As hard as it is to take seriously anybody called Mungo, I endeavoured to read through his contribution in today's SMH.

It takes him a few paragraphs before he gets to the crux of his argument - the defence of compulsory voting. He establishes his non-partisan credentials early:

But the signs are that the Government is playing for higher stakes: the introduction of voluntary voting for both houses. Parliament's best-known saver of rodent arses, Senator George Brandis, has joined long-time advocate Senator Nick Minchin in pushing the move as a matter of principle.

Then goes on with the usual arguments put up by people who enjoy having the Government tell us what we have to do.

But in practice the principle seems to have more to do with self-interest than ethics. Even the most laissez-faire regimes involve some obligations, and not just the nasty ones like taxation.
For example, in Australia education is compulsory, and no one complains about that. Indeed, the right to universal free education was almost as hard-won as the right to universal franchise, and is similarly best protected by compulsion.


Education is compulsory because it is aimed at protecting children by ensuring their parents send them to school. Once they reach 16, they are allowed to make their own decision as to whether they wish to continue their schooling. If you wish to compare universal education with compulsory voting, then university education would also have to be compulsory.

Then we get the stupidiest and most evasive defence that is always trotted out:

And really the obligation to turn up at the polling booth - not even to vote - is a very small burden on the citizen. In a normal lifetime, voting in all federal, state and local government elections would involve the loss of about one single day - hardly an insupportable price to pay for the privilege of living in a democracy.

"It isn't compulsory voting - its compulsory turning up to a booth" Don't insult our intelligence. If it isn't compulsory voting, then the arguments in favor of retaining the present situation which are based on compulsory voting (e.g. the comparison to education) are irrelevant. You can't have it both ways Mungo.

The other argument regularly put by proponents of the voluntary system is that it produces a more intelligent and informed outcome than does compulsion: the ignorant and the apathetic will stay away, and those really concerned about politics will run the place, which is as it should be. Apart from the naked appeal to elitism in this argument (should voters have to pass some kind of examination, as once they had to own property, in order to qualify?), it fails on logical grounds.

Warning - straw man. Where is there any suggestion that there should be any sort of property qualification or examination required? To vote, voters would have to turn up - voluntarily. And considering it is the left that has had a field day suggesting that the voters of Australia (and the US) are ignorant, greedy, stupid etc, then accusations of elitism are a touch rich.

Voluntary voting encourages the drop-out mentality; those who already feel impotent and alienated will not bother, leaving the field to the enthusiasts and zealots: the well-organised groups fanatical about abolishing land tax, or the right to own firearms, or imposing their religious views on the population at large.

Got any evidence regarding the 'drop out' mentality Mungo? And lets look at the 'enthusiasts and zealots' that will roam free if voting is voluntary - "groups fanatical about abolishing land tax, or the right to own firearms, or imposing their religious views on the population at large" So well organised groups like unions won't bother turning up - only gun nuts and god botherers will? That is the whole point of democracy - if you don't like the way things are being done, you can vote to change them.

Finally, there is the sheer question of waste. In a voluntary system huge amounts of time, money and energy, which can be better devoted to developing and promoting policy, are diverted just to persuading people to turn up. Debates about the actual merits of competing proposals become a secondary consideration.

Convincing people that your policies are worth voting for is considered 'waste'? Compulsory voting gives both sides a comfortable base which they know will always vote for them. Labor (until recently at least) had the unions, the Coalition had the small business and rural vote. To win elections, they had to pork barrel the marginal seats. Take this safety net away, and all of a sudden the parties have to start paying attention to their base. This means Labor wouldn't have suicidal tree hugging forest policies, and the Coalition wouldn't have huge increases in government programs.

It isn't until the final few paragraphs that Mungo finally coughs up his true reasons for opposing voluntary voting:

And this was meant to produce a more intelligent and considered result? Of course not; but that wasn't the point. What it did produce was a comfortable bias in favour of the Tories.

Bearing in mind that this is based on his hugely relevant experiences as a campaign worker in England. In 1964. As in 40 years ago.

In those days, wet weather alone was considered worth a swing of 10 per cent against Labour, simply because the Conservatives were more likely to have their own transport. Obviously in Australia today the advantage would be far less, but the best estimates put it at between 3 per cent and 5 per cent. In a country where elections are regularly won and lost by a margin of less than 2 per cent, this is definitely worth having.

Or definitely worth stopping. This has got to be the worst argument in favour of compulsory voting - that making it voluntary would be unfair because Coalition voters are more likely to turn up. Rather than trying to fix that by threatening the populace with fines for not turning up, maybe Labor and its supporters could examine why people are not enthusiastic enough to turn up and vote for them.


Wednesday, November 10, 2004
 
The silence of mortars

Madelaine Bunting claims that all the news that will come out of Fallujah will be strictly controlled by the US military:

We don't know, and won't know, anything about what happens in the next few days except for what the US military authorities choose to let us know. It's long since been too dangerous for journalists to move around unless they are "embedded" with the US forces. There is almost no contact left with civilians still in Fallujah, the only information is from those who have left.

If thats the case, it makes you wonder how photos like this and this were taken. As a side note, that entire photo essay doesnt include US troops fighting - only them wounded or digging fortifications.


 
Hu-ah

Tell me again about morale problems among US troops caught in the 'quagmire' that is Iraqnam:

I got myself a real juicy target," shouted Sgt James Anyett, peering through the thermal sight of a Long Range Acquisition System (LRAS) mounted on one of Phantom's Humvees.
"Prepare to copy that 89089226. Direction 202 degrees. Range 950 metres. I got five motherf****** in a building with weapons."


Capt Kirk Mayfield, commander of the Phantoms, called for fire from his task force's mortar team. But Sgt Anyett didn't want to wait. "Dude, give me the sniper rifle. I can take them out - I'm from Alabama."

Two minutes tick by. "They're moving deep," shouted Sgt Anyett with disappointment. A dozen loud booms rattle the sky and smoke rose as mortars rained down on the co-ordinates the sergeant had given.

"Yeah," he yelled. "Battle Damage Assessment - nothing. Building's gone. I got my kills, I'm coming down. I just love my job."

...

"Everybody's curious," grinned Sgt Anyett as he waited for a sniper with a Russian-made Dragonov to show his face one last, fatal time. A bullet zinged by.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004
 
1st Infantry Shitstirring Division

I have no idea whether this will work or not, but you can't knock them for trying. In Fallujah:

A psychological operations unit blared Arabic announcements meant to goad gunmen out onto the streets. "Brave terrorists, I am waiting here for the brave terrorists. Come and kill us. Plant small bombs on roadsides."

The new Iraqi units fighting with the US have also made some amazing discoveries:

Iraqi troops seized several mosques in the city and uncovered weapons caches, Metz said.

No way. There is of course a very real civilian cost in all of this:

U.S. forces cut off electricity to the city. Residents said they were without running water and were worried about food shortages because most shops in the city have been closed for the past two days.

Which leads to the fervant hope that the combined US/Iraqi forces deliver a righteous ass-whomping to the rebels as quickly and as surgically as possible.

Monday, November 08, 2004
 
Random celebrity abuse

Any post involving Jim Belushi really writes itself, but nonetheless, I present:

James Belushi has sued his next-door neighbour, actress Julie Newmar, accusing her of a "campaign of harassment" to drive him from his home.

A telephone number for Newmar, who played Catwoman in the 1960s television series "Batman," was not immediately available.

Is there some street in Beverly Hills where all the washed up B Grade actors go to live?

The suit seeks an injunction against the actress as well as damages of at least $US4 million ($A5.3 million) plus lawyers' fees, saying her actions caused emotional distress and harmed Belushi's reputation and career.

No Jim, "Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe" caused emotional distress, "K-9" harmed your reputation and career.

Come to think of it, sadly, K-9 was actually a career highlight. If it weren't for Red Heat, your career would have nothing to recommend it, and you have Arnie to thank for that one (playing the amusingly named "Ivan Danko").



 
Geography on his side

Check out the map of the USA showing counties won by each candidate. 2.51 million square miles to Bush, 511,000 to Kerry. Good luck seceding from that, suckers.

In related news, how come the Democrats always get blue, and the Republicans get commie red?

Turns out they don't - it used to alternate every four years. They didnt alternate this year, seemingly making the current choices permanent.

 
You wouldn't like him when he's angry..

Leo Sayer is threatening to move to Australia, in protest at the state of the music industry. Why Australia?

"In the `70s, Leo-mania was the equivalent of Beatle-mania down there and they still love me.

"In Australia they still want heroes. They are looking to me to teach their kids knowledge and wisdom. They view me as an honorary Australian."

I would love to see some evidence to back that up. Meanwhile, Leo is all about Leo:

"I'm not uncool - I went to a boxing match the other day and the crowd were chanting my name so I know they like me."

They were probably hoping he would jump in the ring and get pummelled, as punishment for "When I need you"

"It's a shame because people would love to hear something new from Leo Sayer," he said.

Attila really hates people that talk about themselves in the third person.

"I would love the record industry to be more receptive to my music but all they are interested in is style over content," he said.

Content? From "You make me feel like dancing":

You’ve got a cute way of talking
You got the better of me
Just snap your fingers and I’m walking
Like a dog hanging on your lead
I’m in a spin you know
Shaking on a string you know

Deep man.

Looking at the photo, I think Leo is just hoping that a few Australians will confuse him with Guy Sebastian and buy a record or two. Or just buy him lunch, or a bus fare...

Sunday, November 07, 2004
 
We now resume our normal programming

Phillip Adams on "Opposition Research":

Certainly, Gore's character was discredited in the 2000 presidential election when a Republican researcher found, in an obscure handout, the claim that Al had "invented the Internet". This was promptly hyped into an all-out attack on Gore's honesty, made all the more effective by his tendency to be pompous and pretentious.

This "obscure handout"? Its called CNN - Adams may have heard of it. The actual quote:

"During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet."

That took me exactly two and a half minutes to find. If you need anymore research done Phil, or maybe just some research at all, let me know.

 
Wassup?

I have been on holiday out Bush, anything interested happened in the areas of politics or internation affairs? No? Oh well...


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