Friday, April 29, 2005

the wonders never cease

so, just when you think that whinny really is a one trick pony, he comes up with his second trick, which is, suprisingly, almost exactly the same as the second trick.

it seems that this years election trick is 'i know something you don't know'.

as the secrets in a pork barrel this time whinny?

star wars

the housemates got a version of LEGO Star Wars yesterday.

if you're a fan of star wars or lego, just go get a copy. it's obviously aimed at 8 year olds, but hey, so are the latest movies...

and that's another gripe. i think i figured out what the disappointing thing about the last three movies has been, besides the obvious pitch to the youth market.

there's no puppets!

say what you like about the films, but them using puppets and fancy masks was infinitely more realistic that all the CGI they're currently using. take LOTR as an example, lots of orcs with big ugly masks. if those guys had been completely CGI'd the movie would loose a lot of its 'tactile' qualities.

as it is i was dubious about gollum, the only character i thought not up to scratch.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

the irony

something that used to mystify me was malcolm fraser's very liberal statements on things like reconciliation, and the treatment of refugees.

this was of course until i read that it wasn't in fact al grassby who was the main instigator of australian multiculturalism, but fraser who picked up the ball and ran with it.

don't get me wrong, without grassby's input into the debate it may never have happened, but it was surprising to me that the most advancements came under the liberals watch (post 1975).

of course, you can put that down to bipartisanship, but frasers actions since the 1990s have been very interesting, considering how tolerant and statesmanlike he seems to want to be.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

the teflon war

as much as i hate to suggest it, no-one in is going to lose their government because of the invasion of iraq.

and if it is the blair government that has to do it, mores the pity, it was the only non-archconservative one (maybe).

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

and there we have it

of course, no matter how much we all think that dr. brash might be right about the snub to our helen on the beaches near troy (he's definitely in achilles camp), we all know what really made little johnny mad as hell, and want to stay away.

it was because he didn't get to shake his runners to big johnny farnham singing "the voice". as it was the crowds got "stayin' alive".

Monday, April 25, 2005

yes, it's time to make a change

it kind of bewilders me that the US is pressing the Saudis to produce more oil, thereby lowering the price.

sure, petrol is very high for american consumers, but doesn't that mean that the US should start finding alternative energy sources? i mean, if the US was a net exporter of oil it would be even richer, yes?

and i can see that it's all part of the US getting the Saudi regime to tow the line on terrorism etc., but with the constantly discussed demand from India and China pussingthe price up, they can continue to reap the benefits of the oil boom, while also gaining from things like Kyoto.

i must be missing something obvious.

Friday, April 22, 2005

and as for this old bastard

if there's one thing about the the australian rsl, it's the fact there's way too many old bastards in there.

i used to attend anzac ceremonies in nzl, but in ozz i refused. those old geezers don't deserve my respect. when bruce ruxton got stuck into just about everyone, all the time, there was no way i was going to haul my ass out of a warm bed to stand in the cold and act like i felt any solidarity for the bastard.

and john deighton can go and get a dog up him too.

john love, try to remember this before you get the nurse to put your nappies back on. the war was a long time ago, and anzac day is supposed to be all about forgiving and forgetting, thereby making sure it never happens again.

not acting like a close-minded old asshole who needs his prostrate checked.

ding dong dell

the witch is dead!

now, i know decorum demands that every time one of these hard-edged cold warriors dies we have to say what a great individual they were, how much they contributed to their world/society, blah blah blah.

but bjelke-peterson was a tyrannical bastard. his reign over queensland saw some of the most hard-line, oppressive behaviour imaginable, a corrupt police force, and third-world conditions for many.

see ya in hell, you fucker.

Monday, April 18, 2005

aussie

well, all i can say is that i'm glad i departed good old aussie.

that place is getting more and more conservative by the day, if the newspaper reports are anything to go by.

certainly, it seemed that way while i was living there, having routinely heard/read reports of the way in which the coalition was politicising public bodies and marginalizing any group that sought to criticise their ongoing 'reforms'.

it's just a crying shame the alternative groups don't have the wherewithal to do away with the libs...

Friday, April 15, 2005

not this crap, again

no, mr. costello, the problem the left has with iraq is that a litany of lies were used to justify the invasion.

publics world-wide were systematically lied to or bullied into a war many opposed.

the left would love to see more democracies, freedom should be handed out like m-16s used to be.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

well well

it's seems that i jumped the gun (and i'm glad i did it here, not on PA), and Tamihere survived!

what's next! i'm actually enjoying this saga. although i do think the jinxing has been done.

there's also the outside chance that if he can't learn to coalition build his own actions will permanently scuttle any chance of leadership.

like i say...

bolton is an assssssshoooooole.... thank goodness people in the US are using slightly more sophisticated langauge though.

the question i really want to ask is, 'why does the US have to control the UN?'. isn't this supposed to be bureaucratic and representative body?

and why do people always conflate the role of the security council with the many other roles the UN undertakes?

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

steamroller

well, you'd have to call this a coup for howard et al.

the states have had to back down to canberra on a raft of taxes they were 'reticient' to abolish. howard will of course be crowing.

it seems that nothing will stop the reform juggernaut.

Monday, April 11, 2005

getting taken out for a walk

well, i hear tamihere mcclary is being sent out on permanent vacation.

so much promise, so hard to walk with both feet in your mouth.

of course, that wishart guy is a goddamn weasel, but our john should know the phrase 'stitched up'.

and stitched up well and truly, that jew comment publication was nothing but kicking a buy when he's down. nasty little god-botherer.

PS. i'm of the opinion the thing that sealed it was the phrase 'the first maori pm'. if you ask me is officially the kiss of death for any maori mp. it's almost the super-jinx that kills them every time.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

let it be so

the SMH is suggesting that the power of the neo-cons is on the wane.

while it's unlikely to be true, my gut tells me that the neo-con phenomena is more indicative of a generalised swing to the right across the usa, it's still good to see americans challenging the group at all.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

call me paranooid, but...

now, this isn't just a stab at trying to rectify the comments in my last post, but there's something mighty suspicious about the behaviour of the board of the reserve bank.

sure, it could just be me believing too much of the hype in the SMH, but there is definitely something fishy going on.

i'd be curious to know how politicised the board has become, especially considering the tendency of most aspects of the australian bureacracy to have adopted conservatism since the beginning of the howard government. of course, accusing the reserve of being conservative is stating the obvious, but, there really is the stench of favours about this one.

if i can i'll do a little websearch in the next few days to find out who these people are.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

black magic

i've always thought that economics was more witchcraft than science, but it's going to take the libs a fair old spell to work their way out of the inevitable interest rate rise.

goes to show, give the public heaps of money, and they'll spend it.

johnny, just let the economy slow for awhile...

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

on the cold side

forgive me for saying this, but i think it's a good indication of how damn sick the pope was that he looks much the same in death as he did the last time i saw footage of him alive...

tony, tony, tony.

there was a media radio show in melbourne on 3rrr that called this type of behaviour, 'taking a dump', meaning that people dump news they want distractions from, or to simply hide, during major events.

such as potentially risky election being announced during the mourning for a pope.

Monday, April 04, 2005

departure

i had an interesting conversation with the supervisors before taking off to new zealand on friday. it seems that they agreed on the content of the thesis in regard to aboriginal people getting a harder time than nz maori. surprise surprise.

they did say something interesting though. it seems that they think that the problem may simply be a problem of a lack of generosity of spirit on behalf of the australian political community, and that is, to my mind very true.

contrast for example the response to the tsunami in indonesia, and the response to the boat people scandal. australian's seem to be fairly selective in their compassion. it is a very, very strange disntinction.

and, in relation to indigenes, australians are, in the words of my bosses, 'stingy'.

Friday, April 01, 2005

reality check?

this damn server hasn't let me near my blog for days....

anyhow, good old costello is advising single mums to get off their "ophra watching asses" and get a job as soon as the kids are out the door to school.

i think he needs to consider the cost of child care, the main reason they don't work sooner.

it's amazing how often conservatives in middle-class welfare states take aim at single mothers. it's almost like it's hard-wired into them at 'vaasity'.