Saturday, February 28, 2009
As far as we can tell, the chronology of events runs something like this:
* People with apparently not much to say on behalf of themselves and not-so-latent envy issues decide to stalk the highly popular websites of News Ltd conservatives, Blair and Bolt.
* During this time, they fail to ever really find anything on the blogs that would get Blair or Bolt into trouble, but manage to work their own commenters into a lather, for example, saying:
"Tim Blair fucks his puppeh because Andrew Bolt won’t suck him off."
and of Bolt:
* At some point, the stalkers attract the admiration of Crikey.com, quite possibly because Blair (in particular) and the Crikey editor have never really gotten on all that well.
* The stalkers set up a blog at Crikey, and since, in their experience, there isn't much to pin on Blair or Bolt, they ask commenters to show them examples of vile abuse in Blair/Bolt comment threads.
* As apparently their traffic isn't what they were hoping to get, the stalkers get all upset that Blair and Bolt won't send them their many thousands of readers.
* In steps JF Beck who, recognising a hot kitchen when he enters it, responds in a manner familiar to anyone who has read the stalkers' comment boards.
* One of the stalkers suddenly doesn't like the heat and, bizarrely, emails Tim Blair seeking - what exactly - sympathy? Not so surprisingly, Blair suggests this is a bit rich given the comments made about him on their blogs. Blair via JF Beck makes public the email conversation.
* Suffering from an acute case of panty-bunchitis, the stalker and his friends (some of whom took part in the thread in question) all pile in to Bolt's forum, saying that Blair was never called a dog fucker in their forum. They all want to know where the link is.
* A number of commenters provide the link, including one of the stalkers.
* A stalker apologises to Blair privately, but at time of writing, had not done so publicly on any of his blogs.
* The result so far:
The web-stalkers and their mates - at the urging of the stalkers - are all visiting Blair and Bolt a great deal. The winner (as usual): Rupert Murdoch.
Decisions to make: Eric Beecher, publisher of Crikey needs to decide whether he wants credibility or his new blog - cos he can't have both.
The US embassy in Sweden has announced a unique partnership with the city of Södertälje to help the city’s young people learn more about opportunities for work and study in the United States.2009:
Three supermarkets have been destroyed and a fourth damaged in central Sweden in what police say might have been a series of anti-American arson attacks.
Friday, February 27, 2009
"We need to find a way to reduce consumption of foods high in fat, sugar and salt," she said.2009
"A tax is a great idea - it has been proven that when the price goes up consumption goes down."
McDonald's stands to make a fat profit from its new policy of hiking up prices in the poorest areas of NSW...
As well as being one of the UK's legion of outstanding character actors, she was reportedly one of the very few actors to publicly support Margaret Thatcher.
A reminder of Are You Being Served here.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
The first week's question was not only not asked, it was not shown on the website at all.
The second week's question was not asked, but disappointingly, was published on their website.
This week's Question They Won't Ask:
The interests of the union movement must be represented at all levels of government: local, state and federal. My question for Bill Shorten: Have you ever done it at Government House in Canberra?UPDATE: A triumph - not published.
NB Here is a little background about this week's question.
She successfully weathered some very sensational press reports around the time she first decided to enter beauty contests. While headlines screamed “Muslim girl defies Muftis”, Sabrina had in fact entered the contests with the full support of her local community.So let's check out the full community support including this:
yes this is shameful and disgutsing,,,,,, it is always bad wen a muslimah enters a beaty contest in which she wants to show her awrah to the public in order to be judged,,,,,,,,,, astghafirullah, may allah guide her..........
If only American voters had paid attention to an observation made here:
"Shouldn't a candidate... have at least a passing interest in American history?"CORRECTION: The previous comment alluded to another candidate. My apologies.
In other Presidential news, Michelle Obama has announced she will get a Portuguese Water Dog. This is the same breed as the pet owned by Senator Ted Kennedy, who went so far as to write a children's book about the pooch. Fingers crossed the Obama's show a little more tact than Senator Kennedy when it comes to choosing a name.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
On the subject of advice from celebrities she says:
“Most Brits would be irritated if Michael Jackson started offering advice on how to resolve the credit crisis. Americans would be put out if Amy Winehouse went to tell them how to end the housing crisis. I don’t see why Africans shouldn’t be perturbed for the same reasons.”Ms Boyo is one of a growing number of Africans who seem to think that if something is not working you need to try something different.
A. It is money that the Federal Government will send to taxpayers.
Q. Where will the government get this money?
A. From taxpayers.
Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?
A. Only a smidge.
Q. What is the purpose of this payment?
A. The plan is that you will use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.
Q. But isn’t that stimulating the economy of Japan?
A. Shut up.
Q. How will the Government now deal with other challenges, such as paying for increased unemployment benefits?
A: Don't ask us, we don't have any money.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Climate change is the biggest challenge facing the world, naturalist Sir David Attenborough has said.And in 2009...
The veteran broadcaster said scientific data clearly showed that human-induced climate change was now beyond doubt.
Sir David, 80, added that everyone had a responsibility to change their behaviour, including being less wasteful and more energy efficient.
...some of Britain’s most prominent environmental champions are living in homes that produce up to half a ton of excess carbon dioxide a year.
By the way, can we expect Gillard to be questioned like this?
UPDATE: After Senator Bill Heffanan referred to Julia Gillard as "barren" this was the ALP's response:
Today, Mr Rudd said the change in attitude marked Mr Howard poorly.
"I think the challenge lies with Mr Howard to do the right thing here," Mr Rudd said on ABC Radio.
"Mr Howard has the habit, in the past, of when these comments are made by various people on his frontbench or his backbench, just to say: 'Well, that's them, they've got their right to express their point of view, don't let it come crashing across my shores'
"I noticed yesterday, when he was first put this proposition about Bill Heffernan, there wasn't much action then. It was only when people across the country reacted.
"I actually see this as much more of a referendum on Mr Howard's character and how he handles these sorts of questions."
Monday, February 23, 2009
After winning the event last year, Russia will host the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest during May. It will be televised and watched by tens of millions of Europeans.
Georgia's entry in the contest is a brilliant piece of pop subversion. Read about the Russians' reactions here... Let's hope the song makes it to the finals.
This is much more than can be said for the nation of Sweden.
For any Swedish readers of this blog, gather as many friends as you can around the computer. Chopper has an important but Not Safe For Work community service announcement.
If Peter Costello ever had any doubts about whether he should continue to wait before putting himself forward as Australia's Opposition Leader, they should have dissolved completely.
It seems that every loser, fucktard and adequacy-delusioned reverse oracle in the country has lined up this weekend to say that Costello should be going for the job and that he must do it right away.
If there is one thing even more reliable than good advice from someone you trust, it is that advice from these window-licking synapse-damaged bandicoot-molesters is always wrong.
The Liberal Party will not win the next election, and there is no point Costello taking the leadership at this stage. His chance will come, probably immediately after Turnbull's not-really any-kind-of-alternative policies fail badly at the next election.
At this time, Costello will all but be carried in to the position on a palanquin, and be in with a great chance to take over at the next election when the electorate should be well and truly tired of the substance-free, people's forum convening, debt-encrusted incumbents.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Sadly, it appears they missed an opportunity to join the hilarious world of scam-baiting.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Swallow your pride, give up, and let Queensland help you out by buying a few surplus assets.February 2009:
We are sick of subsidising your moribund state's failings, and watching the tide of NSW number plates flow across the border in cars packed with southern asylum seekers looking for a better life at our cost.
You preside over the decrepit remains of yesterday's state.
Queensland represents the future. The sooner you learn to live with that, the better for all of us.
Queensland's economic update was a spartan document for spartan times. The simple photocopied pages was stained with red ink...
Now LGF reports on something that is eerily similar...
* Your bacon flow chart
* The cell phone symphony
* Amish drifting (turn the volume up) and Amish road rage (caution, poorly bleeped).
* Top ten streets.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Meanwhile Obama is allowing Sharia law into Pakistan, and Reuters, Paris is helping Iran out with this amazing whitewash of a report.
Chief Blairite Culture Warrior is JF Beck. I would describe it all for you, but there are links here and here. What am I, your mother?
Yesterday I heard an advertisement for a boutique beer promoting itself as having "no chemicals". But what does that mean?
Chemicals are the building blocks of everything natural and synthetic. Water is a chemical. Plants are chemical factories producing thousands of different molecules and compounds, some of them carcinogens. Even a humble cup of tea - and yes this beer for the dickhead market - is positively alive with chemicals. And the chemicals in it are swimming in other chemicals.
In chemistry, an alcohol is any organic compound in which a hydroxyl group (-OH) is bound to a carbon atom of an alkyl or substituted alkyl group. The general formula for a simple acyclic alcohol is CnH2n+1OH.
The promoters of this beer go on to claim their miracle product is full of anti-oxidants. No chemicals and anti-oxidants? This is quite the trick.
Look, there are no chemical-free foods or drinks. What's more, the distinction these tofu-for-brains are probably intending to make between synthetic and natural chemicals is entirely meaningless.
All of which makes these articles patently ridiculous.
How do they get away with it? Don't we have an advertising code?
And then they got their Arctic ice data wrong.
"It turns out that the NSIDC relies on an older, less-reliable method of tracking sea ice called SSM/I that does not agree with a newer method called AMSR-E."WTF, ROTFLMAO.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
This week the ShadowLands asks:
According to a number of public sources, Wayne Swan once gave $1400 to the Australian Democrats Campaign Manager in his seat. What was this about? and can Tony explain why he never asked Wayne about this during the last election?
* Someone's up to mischief in the Korean Friendship Association forum.
* It's the house of the future.
* Sadly, looks like this poll is now closed.
* Silent bombs in Gaza (via bolta - sadlier, Lancet do not seem to be accepting comments.)
* So, you think you can be a Mongolian pop star?
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Rather than denouncing violence against women in their community, defenders of the Religion of Peace will try to claim the moral high ground by collecting various bad taste jokes etc in blog comments and, as always, seek protection in victim-hood. That's how you defend the indefensible. Betcha we can find evidence of this over the next few days...And sure enough...
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
But that noted, here are a few posts from another Muslim forum:
"Donating blood is a definite no no, but what about donations?...(Immediate next post) Actually I just thought of something. When you go to donate blood in general, you don't know where your blood is going to go (muslim or not-muslim) so this [donating] isn't too different."
"I agree this is the work of Allah. i'm more interested in the issue of the palestinians and iraqis..."
"Agreed. Nice post."
"I second that, but I can't help feeling a little sympathetic."
"There are restraints on sympathy, and some muslims see this as a chance to show their solidarity to their 'adopted country' or some other similar rubbish. Opportunism at its absolute worst. Either we be constant in this involvement in community or we don't."
"To use the statement 'our troops' or 'my Prime Minister' is very dangerous. Do you have an attachment to your troops or Prime Minister?"
Saturday, February 14, 2009
"Bridges TV sheds light on the numerous contributions that Muslims make to American life. Through this network, Americans get to know their Muslim neighbours."
"Every day on television we are barraged with stories of a Muslim extremist, militant, terrorist or insurgent. But the stories that are missing are the countless stories of Muslim tolerance, progress, diversity, service and excellence..."
"Hassan says that over time, non-Muslim Americans will come to realize they and their Muslim neighbours share many of the same values - raising families, pursuing families and finding peace."
And more along the same lines here. For the record, a ShadowLands prediction:
Rather than denouncing violence against women in their community, defenders of the Religion of Peace will try to claim the moral high ground by collecting various bad taste jokes etc in blog comments and, as always, seek protection in victim-hood. That's how you defend the indefensible. Betcha we can find evidence of this over the next few days...
As promised, here are your prizes:
* First of all, a free screen cleaner
* Now your screen is clean, enjoy this custom-made piece of performance art.
* A couple of new ones at old Jews telling jokes (be patient with the downloads - but careful, some have language!)
* Spinning bridge!
* Don't know what's for dinner? Try these meal suggestions. And for the most important meal of the day, why not have a breakfast burrito (pictured)?
* a) Create your custom love heart
b) Make up some pretext to have your partner see it
c) Your Valentine's celebrations are on us!
* Got lucky? Try the online pregnancy tester.
* Snubbed by your partner? Make a complaint (like this one)
* Or organise re-assignment surgery
* Then have your death foretold.
* Now sit back and enjoy bus of the week.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
In addition, the ShadowLands has uncovered this enlightening paper the Council provided to the Victorian Government's inquiry into land and bio-diversity in June 2008.
Most interestingly, they were asked to respond to questions (at 6.10) about fire management. When asked: "Are you willing to accept the increased use of fire in the landscape for ecological objectives and to reduce the risk of long term risk?" they replied:
"During controlled burning periods, the Council has received community complaints about pollution and increased greenhouse gas emissions..."Not exactly a yes. Further, they were clearly not convinced by the effectiveness of burning off:
"Council believes there will be greater acceptance of prescribed burning if there is sound scientific evidence (from fuel loads) to show that burning is necessary and other methods of fuel reduction have been considered."To the question, "Are current planning processes adequate?" the Council responds, somewhat bizarrely:
"Council believes there should be consideration of greenhouse gas pollution produced from undertaking such burns and the possible contributions to climate change. There may be alternative methods for reducing fire risk to assets such as sensitive slashing or fine fuel removal in firebreak areas."And to: "Are you willing to avoid future development in high fire risk areas?" they respond:
"There will need to be education of landholders in undertaking fire protection measures around assets in a manner which is sensitive to the environment."
For Tony Jones: Since you are paid thousands of dollars to appear at climate change and carbon trading conferences by people associated with Professor Flannery in the Wentworth Group, aren't you concerned by the perception your objectivity is compromised?
Our team here at the ShadowLands always prick up our ears whenever an environmentalist says that something is the biggest or baddest in the world to boost their argument, because they are always, always, always, wrong. That's why this sentence got our attention:
Victoria has the most polluting coal power plant on Earth...Oh really? Assuming that when Flannery refers to "pollution" he is referring to carbon emissions, this site reveals that the top carbon emitting power station in Victoria, actually ranks fourth in Australia.
A very cursory glance at the statistics reveals there are larger carbon emitting power stations in China, Russia, India, Germany, South Africa, Israel, South Korea, Japan and the United States than the largest Australian emitter.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
"Cannibalism is unheard of among the Kulina tribe - or any Brazilian Indian tribes - according to Mayson Albuquerque, a spokeswoman for Brazil's National Indian Foundation."
For this we need to deconstruct the paradigms of sexuality, gender identity and sexual differences.
Abdulkarim has more.
Uh oh, so does Miss Red.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
"There could be a fire start at short notice and people may literally get no warning that a fire is close to their properties. What we are trying to do with the public... is to say that 'You need to have realistic expectations of what the CFA can do to protect you.'...
"I will mention that we are concerned with the fact that we have had a number of suspicious fires in this area..."
DAFF would also like to draw the attention of the Inquiry to the outcomes of the national inquiries held after the 2003 fires in to fire management...There is concern that some of the recommendations from the national inquiries have not been implemented by land management agencies.
"Mr Gentle: You are restricted with the size of the fire (for backburning) you can light; you are restricted on the days that you can light. All these things restrict you to the best time you can burn off on your property but because the local government regulations say you cannot do it on that day you lose that window of opportunity.
Living in an area like Healesville, where I do, whether from dumb luck or whatever, we have not experienced a fire...since...about 1963. God help us if we ever do because it will make Ash Wednesday look like a picnic. Many people are not prepared for a fire. Housing is just not prepared for a fire.
The other big thing is that there is no clearance of big trees around homes, and again that comes back to local government putting rules and regulations in place."
Mr Packham: When the Western Australians were burning 20-25 per cent of their prime forest areas...they were fireproof. They had no fires at all...we are thoroughly of the conclusion that it is the best practice in the world...
Mr Walsh: David, I found your comments about Western Australia interesting. When we sought a travel budget...to look at other jurisdictions of fire control, we were told that we were the best in the world by the presiding officers, and there was no need for us to go outside this state.
Monday, February 9, 2009
In August 2008, a representative of Yarra Ranges Shire Council told the Victorian inquiry this :
"It is important that the establishment of the new permanent strategic firebreaks are implemented only after rigorous environmental impact assessments are completed. The timing of the burns should also take heed of breeding times and seasons for the species present, particularly those that are already rare or threatened due to the loss of habitat, food or human encroachment. An example of that is the powerful owl, and we have located it in Quinn Reserve, which has a history of fire. We need to work out how to carry out our works without disturbing the nesting, roosting and breeding times for those animals in the immediate area..."
In related news, AAP had this to say in February 2009:
"A bushfire is running out of control in the Quinn Reserve in Melbourne's outer eastern suburbs..."
CORRECTION: the Quinn Reserve fire was 2000 - my apologies.
There really ought to be a word for a poll that is removed when those responsible for it don't get the result they wanted. Do you have a suggestion for this word or phrase? If you have a good one I will put it forward for the urban dictionary.
Oh well, if you can't beat 'em ...
Friday, February 6, 2009
* Make your own telephone songs
* Listen to old Jews telling jokes (this rocks! but rarely SFW)
* Update your to don't list
* Mommas say the darndest things
* Make a font with your own handwriting
* This sucks, don't tell me you weren't warned. So does this. Trust me, just don't go there.
* If you're not familiar with the Cadbury gorilla advertisement by way of being American or something then you should be. Read up on how they did it.
* More of a fable about life than a game really. Actually, not bad.
* It's a jumping shark.
* Okay, I've posted these before, but these are my current favourite time-wasters.
* New week, different bus.
* Most t-shirts are made in China, so their fibres make many flier miles before finding their way onto your back.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Writing in the New York Times, this doctoral student noted that female suicide bombers were motivated by:
* Creating or maintaining sovereignty for their ethnic group
* A deep loyalty to their communities
* Personal grievances against enemy forces.
Recruitment tactics, she wrote, included "feminist appeals for equal participation."
and then there's this:
"Suicide bombings are controversial and I imagine that it is hard for the Western media to put any positive 'spin' on the issue."Quite. But not hard for you, apparently:
"...women suicide bombers have actually inspired feminist activism in varous parts of the Muslim world including Egypt, Palestine and Saudi Arabia. For instance, protests were held in all three countries praising women suicide bombers..."
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Sting, schming. Here are a few of the ShadowLands' modest suggestions.
(MM has heard that one million South Africans have already applied to migrate to Australia. At present, they will be glad they got in before the rush.)
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The Mayor of Werribee said it was a great honour for the municipality.
"Hey, where's our fuckin' trophy, then?" he asked a celebrating crowd.
"We don't usually win anyfink in Werribee. One thing's for sure, if I ever find out who beat us, I'll fuckin' deck the c***s.
Someone attending a dance concert dies after taking three ecstacy pills. Who's to blame?
a) The drug taker. She should have just said no. It's about time we all took a bit of personal responsibility.
b) The drug dealer. If it wasn't for this scumbag, she would still be alive today, or
Pat yourself on the back if you selected c)
The legal action was undertaken by the Maningrida community in Arnhem Land.
It's possible to feel some sympathy for this community - right up until you start googling.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Turns out, once again, the truthers have already figured out the Gaza conflict was all about natural gas.