Saturday, January 31, 2009
"American Flag burning is necessary and important to marking our future as it pocks our past... A burning flag should be reflected in our wet eyes as the voice of freedom singing against the darkening air of repression."
Meanwhile, the next generation of DPRK athletes are already demonstrating unsurpassed wading skills.
And meanwhile, meanwhile, North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea has blamed the South for pushing the two countries to the brink of a war.
The Frazee Sled Dog Club has planned the next race for Friday and Saturday, Jan 22-23, 2010.
Friday, January 30, 2009
On the PM program, Karen Barlow stated:
"The damage to Gaza's buildings is clear to see. Tens of thousands have been levelled or will have to be bulldozed."This unsourced statement about the number of destroyed buildings is not good enough. Says who? Certainly not the UN - as the BBC reported:
"UN official John Ging said half a million people had been without water since the conflict began, and huge numbers of people were without power.
Four thousand homes are ruined and tens of thousands of people are homeless."
Dear MM (with MM's responses in brackets)
Thank you for your email. (No sweat, don't mention it.) The ABC acknowledges your concern with this report and agrees the reporter's statement should have been attributed. The figure was sourced from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. I have attached a link to the site for your reference.
(Oooh er, sounds official! Hang on a moment 17,000 from their own bodgy figures are partially damaged, not "will have to be levelled or destroyed". The link says 17,000 buildings were partially damaged to a total value of US$82 million - that is average damage to a value of around $4,800. You have taken figures from a dubious organisation, not acknowledged the source, and then lied or exaggerated about them.)
An editor's note has been attached to the online transcript of the report alerting the audience to this fact. (According to the source of the story, your report is wrong - how about you alert the audience to this fact.)
The ABC notes that at the time of this report, no other alternative or independent estimate of structural damage in Gaza was available, owing to Israel's refusal to allow access into Gaza during its offensive.
(Why is it that Egypt is not also responsible? - they have a border with Gaza - your bias is showing. And are you saying that Karen Barlow was never in Gaza when she made the report? She said the "damage is clear to see". WTF?)
Thank you for allowing the ABC the opportunity to respond to your concerns.
ABC Audience and Consumer Affairs
(Spare us the faux politeness. See you at the Complaints Review Committee, dickwad.)
But how long can this kind of adulation last? A new challenge has arisen, and amazingly, it's from his own home town.
From the title down, this here blog is a sensation...
All of which begs the question, what do they put in the water down there?
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Nazism succeeded, not only because of the 'bureaucrat- ization of genocide,' as Robert Lifton put it, but because of the trahison des clercs - the complicity of the elites: physicians, church leaders, judges, lawyers, engineers, architects, educators and the like.And one more thing (via Israellycool)
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
"He claims that he was forced to leave the country in mid 1995 when he was working for a news service patronised by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and also working as the party's adviser. He says he was forced to leave the country due to the threats of the opponent political terrorists and armed attacks on him. However his party was running the government from 1991-1996 with an almost two thirds majority.
I wonder why his party (the incumbent government) could not save him or give him protection? And with his press credentials he could not make an uproar in the local media? The then opposition Awami League got majority to form a government in an election in 1996 and was in office until 2001, which probably made his case stronger. BNP was re-elected in October 2001 with two third majority and governed till 2006."
"He said the attitude of some Liberal MPs during the Howard administration...had led to the perception that Australia was racist.Now it turns out Mr Alshams is in the news once again.
"We're tired of hearing these things," he said.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Well news folks - here is one of the most significant unreported news stories:
More than 3 million people around the world have now been born using in-vitero fertilisation techniques, and numbers are rapidly increasing. In Australia, as reported here, on average, one IVF conceived kid may now be found in every classroom.
People suffer from infertility for a range of reasons - but a significant percentage are infertile because of their genetics.
The development of IVF and other reproductive technologies means that in countries like Australia, there will be increasing numbers of people who inherit sub-fertility. It means that if your fertile child marries a genetically sub-fertile person (or "subbies" as I like to call them), your grandchildren and their offspring may be destined to never reproduce naturally. They and their children will become a permanent part of this sub-fertile population.
News reports about this are few and far between, presumably because labelling IVF children (or "clonies", as I like to call them) is seen as insensitive. Doctors in the field are unlikely to waste too much time discussing ethics, as they simply will not have much of it to waste, what with all the cashed up subbie clonies knocking on their doors.
And what will happen if this growing community does not have the cash to reproduce? Not to overstate things at all, but MM has seen the future and it looks like this...
Monday, January 26, 2009
That is why this here could have enormous significance for the region.
UPDATE: Thanks 'strop in comments for this link.
"I do indeed believe that this little gas quarrel will be seen by future historians as the beginning of the end of Russia’s neo-imperial quest -- and of Putin himself as the leader that personified it."
Sunday, January 25, 2009
The ShadowLands - where you get the news before it happens.
UPDATE: They're jumping on the ShadowLands' bandwagon from everywhere.
"At a morning tea in honour of the Australian of the Year finalists, the Prime Minister quoted John Curtain, saying that the people of the nation are the 'strength of the nation'."For those of you not familiar with Australian history or interior decorating, this is one of Mr Rudd's most distinguished predecessors, and this is a curtain.
Now we know why Rudd's staff are getting the big bucks.
However, the photograph in the Vanguard, clearly shows the ungulate of interest is a goat.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Patio heaters at Chelsea Flower Show
Documentaries that question global warming
Documentaries by David Bellamy
Outdoor wood boilers
Tennis balls and jogging shoes
Liverpool football supporters flying to home games
Sheep and cow flatulence
a Spanish ski station
Friday, January 23, 2009
"Let us make this simple. If the first thing that moves you to outrage after years of reading my blog is some nitpicking defence of Bill Moyers while free people are subject to years of bombardment by men who would cut off your head for being a Jew then your politics do not meet even the low bar of fascism. You may be a well educated man. You may be a kind man. You may even be a good man (such is for God to judge). But you are intellectually and morally retarded."
Thursday, January 22, 2009
If it's true that the crowd was 1.5 million, it needs to have been more than 16 times larger than this crowd of 93,000.
There is a revealing statement in the last sentence about crowd counts here - namely, they are greatly influenced by political pressure.
For these reasons, and because when it comes to crowds, journalists are generally lying liars who like to lie, The ShadowLands is willing to say with confidence - bollocks
All the same, some amazing satellite photos of the inauguration here.
UPDATE: If every individual stood a loose arm's length from each other, it "is at least physically possible to pack something approaching 2 million Americans into the 2.1-mile stretch between the Capitol steps and Lincoln's feet." However, if you check the aerial photos, you will see this is not even close.
The ShadowLands says: the crowd was about 600,000.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Our friends at the Korean Friendship Association have taken some time out for a fond farewell - including some animations that are apparently their answer to Team America.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Well, the ABC clearly does not count them.
What's more, this quote immediately sounds like bollocks:
KAREN BARLOW: The damage to Gaza's buildings is clear to see. Tens of thousands have been levelled or will have to be bulldozed.
and almost certainly is bollocks, as the BBC reports:
UN official John Ging said half a million people had been without water since the conflict began, and huge numbers of people were without power.
Four thousand homes are ruined and tens of thousands of people are homeless.
Looks like it may be time to visit one of our favourite websites once again.
UPDATE: Israel's first rocket-free day now recorded.
Monday, January 19, 2009
What are the odds that we could see a Russian revolution in 2009?
Take Antony Loewenstein - please - whose few claims to legitimacy include being on the Board of the Centre for Middle East and North African Studies.
Now here's someone (reportedly a Masters student) Loewie might well meet in the corridors of Macquarie's Department of Politics and International Relations - yet another clear case of Blair's Law in action.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Here comes the chorus of international organisations calling on Hamas to end hostilities, right?
Meanwhile, the kiwis are being dags, once again.
UPDATE: Learning the lessons of history via Israellycool. Money quote: "Terrorism is a cancer that can’t be cured through 'proportional' treatments. It requires invasive surgery."
UPDATE II: The latest trend in fauxtography.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
My fellow Americans
I am delighted to join with you today in what will be remembered as the greatest demonstration of freedom in my lifetime.
We have witnessed first hand how the old way of doing things has led us to the precipice of destruction. But today I stand before you as President. I promised change, and from today, I will deliver.
One thing we know: our children's children will look back on this as an historic day - and what will they say? Well frankly, I don’t care what children say because I’m the adult and I make the decisions.
For too long I have been beholden to the beliefs of the Democratic Party, and been forced to pretend to care about whether or not balloons are biodegradable, or about the food miles on my canapés or some other childish bullshit. Give me a break.
You may have noticed that my election policies have been removed from my website. That is because I am President now, and I wanted them removed.
Ladies and gentlemen, the time has come to fulfil my promise to bring our soldiers home. We will be doing this next week, just before letting off multiple thermo-nuclear weapons across the Arab nations, starting with Gaza, then moving on to Iran – hell, why not do it simultaneously. North Korea and Venezuela? Thinking, thinking…
We will then hand over the land to Israel for planting citrus, with a view to piping fresh juice into every home and park in this great nation.
I told you ladies and gentlemen, that change has come to America.
When the soldiers come home, they can set to work updating our infrastructure and setting up machine guns at our borders to keep out illegal immigrants. Sure, the Canadians might not be so keen on this idea, but they will understand that change has come.
I will also abolish all government welfare, except for the old-age pension, and tell all the lard-ass tax-payer funded leeches and excuse-making drug addicted cockroaches to get up off their shiny behinds and to earn an honest living for a change. Hey, for some people, it will not just be about change, it will be all about getting some change.
Same goes for our industries. Sorry guys, but if you can’t earn an honest buck by yourself, then the American taxpayer can’t help you.
With the savings and, hey - just imagine the savings from these few initiatives - I will abolish the current tax arrangements and institute a flat 10 per cent income tax rate.
Ladies and gentlemen, it also gives me enormous pleasure to abolish global warming. Anyone who mentions it from now on can expect punitive measures, including being sent to the middle east to water the oranges.
I know some of you were concerned about my appointment of a socialist as head of the global warming department. Don’t worry, no-one else will be in the department. Her job will be to go to the conferences and just talk socialist crap for days on end.
Come with me as we meet the challenges of the future. Come with me into a future without war, without people taking advantage of tax-payers, and without all that tiresome environmental bullshit.
Finally, I ask for a short silence for Senator Joe Biden who is being decapitated as I speak. That’s enough, thank you. And a big Washington welcome to my old friend, Mr Karl Rove, who will be taking over as Vice-President.
Like I said, change has come to America. Really, I wasn’t kidding.
May God Bless You, and May God Bless the United States of America.
(Unfortunately, I cannot link to it directly. Go to "browse", then search for "Margo's Maid").
MM has taken the liberty of making this submission on behalf of The ShadowLands:
Of course, we should have an open book market as soon as possible.
A quick message to Australian publishers and authors: dry your eyes princesses, the pain you feel is just weakness leaving your body.
Motivations vary, but what we collect – whether it be photos or electric guitars – tells us much about ourselves and our society. In exactly the same way, an institution like a church or a museum may collect things in order to create a corporate identity.
Now, let's check in on one of the more unusual collections.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Barely has the ink dried on his citation and the whining has begun. Larvatus Prodeo, one of Australia's leading online sheltered workshops, starts off surprisingly well:
The account is of an extraordinary display of courage by Trooper Donaldson - it’s the kind of act that the word “heroic” is actually appropriate for, and I’m sure he’ll wear his deserved honour with pride. If he’s ever in the same pub I’m in, let me get at the start of the line to shout him a beer.
However, you just know that the word "but" is about to appear in a big way:
But let’s not confuse the bravery of this individual soldier - and all the other Australian soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan - with the wisdom or otherwise of the mission. It is becoming ever less clear, in the face of President-elect Obama’s plans to commit additional military forces to Afghanistan (and the likelihood of more requests for Australian troops), what the multinational force in Afghanistan is going to achieve, and how it is going to achieve it.
I don't know what they might achieve, maybe more of the same, like lowering infant mortality, reopening schools to girls, providing one less place for bin Laden to hide, and fighting the enemy on their front line instead of ours.
Now standby for the comments from various Internet Tough Guys, like this one:
The ‘bravery’ of serving in a technologically advanced first world army with the ability to call in air strikes that has invaded and occupied the fifth least developed nation in the world. Give me a break. I thought this was a left-wing blog?
UPDATE: At #42 a dickhead comment for the ages:
"They never tell you how many soldiers picked up V.D. on duty but a V.C. and they shout from the rooftops."
UPDATE II: MM at number #65 tries to out-dickhead the dickhead at #63. It takes an effort.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
PM KEVIN RUDD: Well, I just look at what the scientists say. There's a group of scientists called the International Panel on Climate Change - 4000 of them. Guys in white coats who run around and don't have a sense of humour. They just measure things. And what they say to us is it's happening and it's caused by human activity.
Now, it turns out there aren't 4,000 scientists from the IPCC.
UPDATE: More climate change style accounting from BOAB.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
"Last Saturday, along with at least 100,000 others, I took part in a huge anti-Israel demonstration in London..."Oh yeah? Let's have a little checkie-loo. The key part:
"The Metropolitan Police said between 10,000 and 12,000 people attended the march, but organisers claimed the figure was as high as 75,000."Not even the organisers agree that he is telling the truth on this one.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Chances are you will not have seen or heard about any of these things in the mainstream media:
Israellycool on, amongst other things:
* Israel's attempts to avoid civilian casualties
* The latest ridiculous fauxtography
* Hamas rockets during a ceasefire.
While the MSM ignore these stories, they become increasingly irrelevant.
(By the by, show your support for Israel here.)
UPDATE: The Shadowlanche has had an effect! From 90 behind, SDA surges to a five vote lead last time I checked!
UPDATE II: Uh oh, behind by 50 again.
UPDATE III: and it looks like... a win!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
* Boy, that Dalai Lama is a prat, isn't he? And the Chinese Government - certainly can't fault them on human rights. Could they be the best and fairest administration on Earth? I certainly think so, and I'm sure you will too.
* BOAB on the demographics of Boggabilla (yes, really - ain't the internet the darndest thing?) and on fire with the citizen journalism.
* Paco says google is killing the planet - cool!
This joke explains all you need to know about Israeli-Palestinian politics.
What happens when a fly falls into a coffee cup?
The Italian - throws the cup, breaks it, and walks away in a fit of rage.
The German - carefully washes the cup, sterilizes it and makes a new cup of coffee.
The Frenchman - takes out the fly, and drinks the coffee.
The Chinese - eats the fly and throws away the coffee.
The Russian - Drinks the coffee with the fly, since it was extra with no charge.
The Israeli - sells the coffee to the Frenchman, the fly to the Chinese, drinks tea and uses the extra money to invent a device that prevents flies from falling into coffee.
The Palestinian - blames the Israeli for the fly falling in his coffee, protests the act of aggression to the UN, takes a loan from the European Union to buy a new cup of coffee, uses the money to purchase explosives and then blows up the coffee house where the Italian, the Frenchman, the Chinese, the German and the Russian are all trying to explain to the Israeli that he should give away his cup of tea to the Palestinian.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Only a handful of votes may decide the Best Conservative Blog, and I am sending mine to Small Dead Animals, a spirited and entertaining blog from Canada. Your vote could help bridge a small gap.
Zoe Brain has gone to a respectable third position for Best Australian Blog following endorsement by the Timbarumba, though his lead looks unassailable at this stage.
Today, the SMH published an opinion piece, with the second last sentence reading as follows:
"Although Australia's small population means our overall contribution to greenhouse emissions is small, we remain the highest per capita emitter in the world, 35 per cent greater than the US according to a recent UN report."
However, there is no such report. Australia ranks about 13th and the United States about 10th. Google it - there is no United Nations report which says Australia has emissions 35 per cent higher than the United States, or any UN report that says Australia is the highest per capita emitter in the world.
Here is the direct link to the UN stats.
Friday, January 9, 2009
But while we're on the subject, it may be worth scanning these blog awards, if only to check up on what's out there and register our haughty disdain.
* The Timbonator leading the Australian field despite possibly being the only nominated blog that refuses to encourage anyone to vote, or even mention the awards. Last year Blair's blog won a narrower contest against Fairfax's Sam de Brito who, every year, all but offers each reader a line of Colombian marching powder in return for a vote. In addition to the fact that de Brito is a tool, the added readership from Blair's move to a News Ltd portal has seen a gap develop. This year a gadget website is giving Blair a run for his money, probably with the aid of amassed vengeful anti-Blair forces.
* Sacked from the Best Canadian Blog section because it wins too easily, Small Dead Animals is in the tough Best Conservative Blog section and making a pretty good fist of it with the help of some votes from The ShadowLands. It's a close run thing...
* A good old fashioned stoush in the Best Middle East or Africa blog currently being dominated by Israel supporters. While Michael Totten appears to have it won this year, The ShadowLands is voting for our Australian link, Israellycool - in our humble opinion, probably the best blog in any field at the moment in light of its proximity to events in Gaza. Most amusing is the instinctive victimhood and thumb-sucking by fellow nominee, Juan Cole who would have been a shoo-in for Best Unintentional Humour Blog had they seen fit to provide the category. Cole, who has previous form, is blaming Karl Rove.
* A perplexing lack of talent in nominations from the UK.
* And none of the nominations in the Humour category are a patch on Chase Me Ladies...
UPDATE: The Blairmeister caves to crushing pressure from the influential ShadowLands website to acknowledge the awards by urging readers to vote for Zoe Brain. Zoe has a fine blog and this would be a good outcome, but how influential will this timprimatur prove to be?
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Today, the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader ran this item in its In Brief section (no link available):
"A hammerhead shark spotted by water police off Cronulla on Tuesday was about 30 centimetres long, [something like this] a Sutherland Shire Council spokeswoman said...a police report on the matter released through media channels had been blown out of proportion."
2008: "Hundreds of new marine creatures, including as many as 150 soft corals, have been discovered in three Australian reefs, scientists report."
In possibly related news, the latest sea ice data.
Having gotten some tips from readers (use the buttons in the headquarters section often), MM has managed to take out 940 Palestinians at a cost of 32 Israeli casualties. Can you do better?
For the winner - the acclaim of the people, and unchallenged status as Internet Tough Guy.
Meanwhile, some analysis of the latest news by Jules Crittenden and some more news agency hijinks here.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Mr Howard who was in Washington during September 11, 2001 - saying shortly afterwards, "Now is not the time to be an 80 per cent ally" - is in Washington to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Mr Howard is expected to stay in prestigious lodgings at the White House named after a notorious right wing Australian blogger, and dine on plastic turkey.
It is unknown at this stage where Mr Obama and his family will stay, but at the time of going to press, officials from Mr Howard's office had not denied the possibility of making them sleep on the streets.
This game can be enjoyed by budding Loewensteins who are into ironic political commentary, but you will find it is even better for blood-thirsty RWDBs.
UPDATE: MM accounted for 274 Palestinians in one game. Can you do better?
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Those in the isles long besieged
Will take vigor and force against their enemies:
Those outside dead overcome by hunger,
They will be put in greater hunger than ever before.
The good old man buried quite alive,
Near the great river through false suspicion:
The new old man ennobled by riches,
Captured on the road all his gold for ransom.
When the cripple will attain to the realm,
For his competitor he will have a near bastard:
He and the realm will become so very mangy
That before he recovers, it will be too late.
They will be on terms of such disagreement
As to delight in the wretches of Nola
Complaining of having mocked its chief.
From distant swords lands wet with blood:
Very great plague will come with the great shell,
Relief near, and the remedies very far.
2009 shall be a year of many conferences
My flights many to Copenhagen, Perth
and Hawaii with my eager research assistants
Our last chances to save the World
Until next year.
Monday, January 5, 2009
A gourmet dining experience in Mongolia... as well as a grand headline, includes a puzzling reference (considering this the Ulan Bator Post), to the chiko roll.
Why does the international reputation of the Kyrgyz composers lag so poorly behind Kazakhstan? All is revealed here plus an appalling toupee.
There's a solution to this dilemma somewhere, but I just can't put my finger on it.
Friday, January 2, 2009
or perhaps you prefer pacman, frogger, donkey kong or my favourite, asteroids.
Then there's the game for a new millennium - Super Obama...
Check out some Top Tips...
How to hug.
Hey, did I ever mention how much I really, really appreciate you?
It's Bus of the Week time.
The wide world of rude hand gestures
Written 'pon silence, music is the poetry of the air.
Speaking of poetry, it may not be too late to make an entry in the General Than Shwe Poetry Competition.