February 27, 2010

News flash

Killer whale kills again.

February 26, 2010

February 24, 2010

Wednesday Wisdom

We seem to believe it is possible to ward off death by following rules of good grooming.

Don Delillo

February 21, 2010

No small thing

As many as 24 million men in China may never be able to marry because of a lack of women in the country.

The most recent demographic figures, from 2005, show that there were up to 130 boys for every 100 girls in China.

That's the blow-back from sex-specific abortions, and the one child policy.

India has the same growing problem, without any breeding policies helping to skew the population.

Feminism, hey?

Achieved everything necessary and no long relevant.

Pole dancing is so empowering.

*End sarcasm*

February 19, 2010

February 17, 2010

Indeed

Wednesday Wisdom

The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office.


H. L. Mencken

February 14, 2010

Soft bottoms

Are we becoming, err, you know, too soft in the bottom?

In the UK, a supermarket chain has introduced cashmere toilet paper.

Cashmere fibres aren't included in the making of the toilet tissue, rather they paper is covered in oil extracted from the hairs of cashmere goats.

It wasn't that long ago that our ancestors had to make do with a handful of grass or hay, or more recently some torn up newspaper.

I'd always thought that having neatly rolled, pre-perforated, non-scratchy, tissue paper was sufficiently progressive, wonderfully civilized. I've never felt the need for cashmere on my bottom, unless it's a piece of clothing.

Cashmere toilet paper: a symbolic indulgence with no meaning or lasting impression.

Life is increasingly full of those.

Trivial Interlude

From The Age, headlines you won't see this week:

ALP EYES BABY ELEPHANT TO REPLACE GARRETT

"They're both bald and clumsy, but the elephant still has charisma"

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

February 12, 2010

February 10, 2010

Wednesday Wisdom

I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.


Umberto Eco

February 7, 2010

Only rich looking folk get bashed in Melbourne

I quite like Victoria's Police Chief Commissioner, Simon Overland, but jeez, the man needs to get out more.

Speaking at a public forum, Overland advised Indian students to 'look poor'.

I see a lot of Indians in Melbourne. They look pretty average to me. Normal. Not dressed in Prada. Not dripping in diamonds or Cartier watches.

Every second person on our overly crowded public transport has a visible iPod or some other device - increasingly laptops in open use.

That's fine for those white folks, I guess. It's only Indian students who, according to Overland, "look" outrageously rich and up for mugging by openly flaunting the luxury of having an iPod.

Having suggested that Indian students should wander the streets looking poor, Overland coupled this with the advice that they should avoid living in poor suburbs.

These are the same Indian students who, for the most part, factually speaking, are not being mugged or bashed in a statistically notable fashion.

Also not showing up in the victim statistics are truckloads of rich looking - or actually rich- folk, of any hue or ethnicity.


All the same. Overland is a total dipstick.

He's lucky no-one stole his iPod, watch and Nike runners as he left that gathering.

BTW: number of Australians murdered in India in the last decade - ten.

Look poor to avoid being bashed

That's how we did it

Global financial crisis? What crisis?

Yes, we're smug.

The whole GFC thing passed us by.

His Ruddness not only likes to take credit, but is freely given credit by no end of commentators who are quite convinced that a thousand school halls and an influx of pink ceiling bats in the 'burbs saved the country, because, you know, three or four tradies were unemployed and the end of the lucky country was nigh.

Real story is that plucky little Aussies ate and drank and went to the chemist an awful lot during the last year, thus staving-off a recession.

Bugger the waistline, we did it for our country.

A nation cocooned by drink, drugs and burgers

February 5, 2010

February 3, 2010

Wednesday Wisdom

Deeply earnest and thoughtful people stand on shaky footing with the public.

Goethe