May 12, 2012

Grab-bag

Dear Julia and Wayne - austerity measures aren't working for Europe, so, arrh, good luck with that. 

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Dear Craig - when the women requested payment, did you not figure out they were sex workers?  And you continued to not figure this out each time you were "set up" with prostitutes by malevolent union persons?

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Dear Julia - other than the people living on the north shores of Sydney, exceptionally few people care about the lifestyles of those living on the north shores of Sydney, they are greatly more preoccupied with maintaining and improving their own standard of living, which has gone quite pear-shaped under your government - and all we can look forward to is paying even more for everything after 1 July, when your fab new over-priced carbon tax starts hitting home and voters.  No one is buying the billionaires versus battlers crap; even you don't believe it.  Faux class war won't save you.

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Reminder to Julia:  don't talk crap, can't be that hard.
 
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 Kroger and Costello are having some weird girly-spat.  Relevance deprivation, much?

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The government legally forces all of us to save for retirement, so we're not a drain on the public purse in our dotage, but continues to dick-around with superannuation rules so that people are penalised if they can afford to put sufficient funds into their super so as to have enough to be self sufficient in their old age.  Not that it especially matters:  trillions of dollars in forced savings, a cash cow for the finance industry, which invests our savings so badly that they'll be precious little left come retirement. 

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John Travolta's penchant for masseurs is tawdry, but not criminal; none of the complainants have ever visited a police station to lodge a complaint.  The large tips weren't enough.

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 Not satisfied with exploiting and abusing desperate Asians to make their products, Apple welcome new staff with a letter urging them to "swim in the deep end" and "give up weekends" for the benefit of the company. 

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A US group is offering illicit drug addicts $300 to be sterilized, with the sales pitch:  "Don't let a pregnancy ruin your drug habit".  Thousands of women have taken up the offer.  Vasectomies are also available, but only 72 men have stepped forward for the cash.

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Americans are in more pain than any other peoples of the world.  They consume 80 per cent of the world's painkillers each year.  If distributed evenly, it amounts to 64 pills for every American.  In only 10 years, abuse of licit drugs has increased 600 per cent. Americans now consume 100 tonnes of pure opiates annually, resulting in nearly 15 thousand deaths per year. So much for the war against drugs.  Wrong target.

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 The secret to a long marriage is to keep breathing:  "you just don't die, dear". (Wife of a couple who recently celebrated their 60th anniversary.)

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Dinosaurs farted themselves to extinction.  Sheesh.  This rewriting of science and the history of Earth to support twenty-first century ideologies and dogmas is really beginning to piss me off.

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Tame tigers mauled a tourist at a private game park.  Everyone was shocked and busily mulling over how this could possibly have happened.  Tame + tigers:  oxymoron? 


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In the never-ending series "my year of ...", some guy is giving up the interwebs for a year, and no doubt has a handsome book deal up his arse sleeve.  Seriously?  Dude, billions of people are already living off the grid, every year, it's not interesting enough for any of them to get a book deal.  They manage to live on this Earth without a computer or the internet.  You know, like really old fashioned people who never bought a colour telly.

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Recently spotted having a night out in Beijing:  Kevin Rudd and his son Marcus, son-in-law Albert, and Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull with their son Alex.  That's nice.

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