Thursday, June 23, 2005

frankly, not good enough

they shouldn't be in zimbabwe at all.

nzl cricket should be placing itself in the same position as nzl rugby vs. SA. just stay away from tyrannical regimes.

welcome to howard's australia

a vietnam vet, 60, is asked to leave australia by a junior immigration official who can't see that he has any reason to stay.

apparently two tours of duty fighting for australia don't count.

these people have waaay too much power.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Meme time.

Wow. tagged for a meme. my first! thanks to jarrod for actually reading this blog (on occasion).

to be honest, this fucker is about to be retired, but hey...

Apparently this is the source.

If i could be a dictator, i'd be the boss-guy from the film Brazil, that guy could talk a mile a minute.

If i could be a professor, i'd profess to not actually knowing what the hell i'm talking about half the time, and making shit up the other half.

If i could be a writer, i wouldn't have to pretend to be one and actually be a mediocre blogger.

If i could be a linguist, i'd learn to be twice as cunning.

If i could be a doctor, fuck me! I am! (almost...).

If i could be a midget stripper, i'd use a good thinner to make sure they we're burnt by the chemicals.

So, i think i'll tag ms. pooka, and No Reduction, for similar reasons to Jarrod.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

how nice of them,

this is, by the way, the same government who refused to give debt relief to indonesia after the tsunami.

but, lets all applaud howard for copying his rich and powerful friends in moving on debt relief.

Monday, June 13, 2005

anti-nuke stations

nuke stations are a stupid, stupid idea.

here's a little article indicating that they might in fact produce as much if not more greenhouse stuff as a gas station.

mind you, it's written by a greeny, so grain of salt. but still.

and, i'm still trying to find the article that indicated that there isn't enough uranium in the entire world to provide enough power into the 22nd century.

so consume less, you fuckers.

yup, good news.

if this report by the SMH holds water, backbenchers in the Coalition might be forcing Howard to loosen the reins a little on the australian immigration policy.

the hard-line attitude has repercussions, and those repercussions are the inhumane treatment of a great many people. real people, not just statistics. likewise, the TPVs have been used to deport people who may have lived in australia their entire life, such a east timorese.

and in the last case, these people are often deported in the middle of their high-school education etc. but hey, it isn't like they can't get it in ET, right? wrong.

way to help out your neighbours there howard. free em, them bleed their oilfields dry and refuse to education what may be the next wave of leaders...

Friday, June 10, 2005

what assholes....

peter qasim is a bloke who's been in detention for years because of the Liberals hard-line on granting refugee status.

i'd be curious to knwo what kind of cost to australian taxpayer this has been, i mean, how dangerous could ONE guy who MIGHT be from pakistan or india be?

i know that this is a post-911 world and all, but for christs sake, seven years?

and now the guy is being sent to a psychiatric hospital, allegedly for having depression.

if people like peters get their way on immigration, we'll have our own stories of senseless inhumanity to tell.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

about bloody time

gerard henderson has finally left commentary.

but, as pointed out over at troppo, he does with with a great degree of dignity.

pity to see the man who contributed intellectual rigor to a racist asshole like howard leaving, but hey..

downhill slide

in nzl the election campaign looks to be shaping up as a venue for conservatives to piss and moan about bullshit like immigration and repealing treaty rights.

meanwhile, the conservatives in the USA are using 'cognitive dissonance' to wave away the threat of things like global warming.

goes to show, what's important to the average voter may not amount to a hill of beans long term.

the australian election being another example. the voter also swallows lies like a, like a, like a summin.

but, democracy has got to be better than letting fools have absolute power.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

treaty politics

this is not news. adding a phrase like "a commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi" is one of those statements public service and political advertisers chuck into job descriptions to fill out space.

it's like, 'a commitment to equal opportunity' (for disabled people, women, etc)

good one jerry, really on top of your game there...

Saturday, June 04, 2005

time to freeze the visa

smart man that dave skilling.

apparently nzl is spending far, far faster that it is earning. which is no surprise to those of us with whopping great student loans.

Friday, June 03, 2005

ah those crazy russians

here's an interesting story buried at the back of the australian.

allegedly, it was a couple of snipers shooting the guys holding the triggers that set of the bombs that set off the carnage at beslan.

if this is factually correct, it bears marked resemblance to that theatre massacre, for which russian security services were also (allegedly) responsible.

dangerous and crazy place, that russia.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

waitaminute

have woodward and burnstein actually confirmed that this felt guy really is deep throat? or is this just another bit of media hype?

i'd better check back later in the day.

PS. nah, heard the wrong commentator. congratulations to the old bugger. nixon deserved everything he got.

fucking idiots

i think this exposes how much australians think of bali as 'their' turf. when these judges condemn amrozi to death aussies cheer, but white-trash from the south coast is sacrosanct.
get a life people.... indonesia is foreign soil. if they want to give her a sentence making her eat jam donuts for 15 years, so be it. the trial was public and open, no hidden verdicts, no dodgy back-room deliberating.

BALI DOES NOT BELONG TO AUSTRALIA.

read paul kelly for a reasonable interpretation of what's happening.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

cheap shot

alan ramsey draws a relative short bow in his criticism of alexander downer in this column over at the SMH.

if australians are going to start the bloodletting over individuals and their relation to person committing atrocities during colonisation, then we're likely to see the country having a very bad time indeed.

but, that said, the persons descended from the landed gentry of the colonies need to be made aware of the extent to which they are complicit in the attempted genocide of the aboriginal people. public outings may not be the way though.