Yes, it was a catwalk!
On ya guys!
On ya Bomber!
An Croatian motorbike rider was knocked unconscious when lightning struck his penis during a roadside toilet break.
Ante Djindjic, 29, escaped relatively unscathed from the incident, suffering only light burns to his chest and arms.
He said: "I don't remember what happened. One minute I was taking a leak and the next thing I knew I was in hospital.
"Doctors said the lightning went through my body and because I was wearing rubber boots it earthed itself through my penis."
"Thankfully, the doctors said that there would be no lasting effects, and my penis will function normally eventually."
"Australian Federal Police said during a search of the woman and her baggage, the package of heroin was discovered in her vagina."
"I think that a healthy baby is not a damage and that loop hole should be closed off as they have done in Queensland, NSW and Victoria,'' he told ABC radio today.Herald Sun ...
"In particular this couple became tourists and came back to the ACT to mount this case so we now have the dubious reputation of being a litigation tourism destination."
Herald Sun ...
"A lesbian mother is battling to stop the gay father of her child from having his homosexual lover declared one of the child's parents.
The Family Court heard this week the mother had been in a relationship with another woman for about 10 years when she asked a gay friend to impregnate her.
The court heard that even though the child's mother and father lived apart they agreed they would both have a role in the child's upbringing.
The mother, however, is fighting attempts by the father to have the court recognise his gay lover as the child's second father."
We play the game, as it should be played
At home or far away
Our banners fly on high, from dawn to dark
So stand up and Fight, Remember our Tradition
So stand up and Fight, It's alway's our Ambition
Thourghout the game we fight with all our might
Cause we are Blue and White
And from when the Ball is bounced, to the final bell
STAND UP AND FIGHT LIKE HELL
"Visiting Queanbeyan today, Mr Rudd was asked by a journalist to name the tax rates and where thresholds kick in.And it is.
Mr Rudd replied: "Well, as of July 1, if you went through the four thresholds, I think the high threshold kicks in I think at $175,000, then I think it cascades down the spectrum.''
Mr Costello seized on the blunder, attacking Mr Rudd in parliament and pressing him to release Labor's tax policy.
"He couldn't name a single rate, he couldn't name a single threshold, and the one threshold that he named of $175,000 ... just doesn't exist,'' Mr Costello told parliament.
"Since the Labor Party demands an election to be called on a daily basis, you would think they might have the decency of releasing a policy so that people can know what it is.''
Mr Costello said tax thresholds don't cascade.
"Cascade is a form of beer, it is not a form of tax threshold.
"This would be amusing if it were not serious.''
"The man who would be PM revealed last night that, about 15 years ago, he had an operation to replace his aortic valve with one from another person.
He said the faulty valve was caused by childhood rheumatic fever, that the operation was "a standard procedure" and he'd been "fit as a fiddle ever since".
As much as the leak allegedly comes from Liberal sources or supporters, the Libs won't run with this, so the matter will vanish quickly. It wouldn't surprise me to see a lot more of this type of thing: run something up the flag poll; pull it straight down again.
If Rudd persists with being a "small target", building a portfolio of small doubts, concerns and irritants, hoping that the cumulative effect is sufficiently corrosive, is probably a reasonable tactic from the Libs. Besides, they don't seem to having anything bigger to work with right now.
"Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner airliner may turn out to be unsafe and could lead to more deaths in crashes ...Australia's Qantas was to take delivery of the first of 45 Dreamliners in August 2008, but delays are expected. Qantas has an option on 70 additional Dreamliners.
The new aircraft, which is mostly made from brittle carbon compounds rather than flexible aluminum, is more likely to shatter on impact and may emit poisonous chemicals when ignited ...
The first 787 is due to be delivered to Japan's All Nippon Airways in May next year, meaning it will have at most six months of flight tests, much shorter than previous jetliner programs."
In a league of their own for "way too much information", Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie, were:
via SMH ...
"snapped leaving London's Claridge's Hotel with Madonna carrying a transparent shopping bag containing a - err, (this could get a little embarrassing so turn away now if you blush easily), um, ah - strap-on dildo, called (cringe intensely) "The Purple Penetrator"."Guy was scurrying along behind her like an excited schoolboy," reports Famous. "He hasn't been this excited since Madge pulled out her conical bra and suspender combo." The alarmingly large implement, pictured on the box, appeared to be a "gift" for Ritchie, who was celebrating his 39th birthday."
"A lesbian couple is suing a Canberra doctor after one of them gave birth to twins instead of one child.
In the first case of its kind in Australia, the couple, who now live in Melbourne, are suing Dr Robert Armellin for more than $400,000 to cover the cost of raising one of the twin girls until the age of 21.
The birth mother of the girls, who are now aged three, claims Dr Armellin implanted her with two embryos, when she told him minutes before the IVF procedure in November 2003 that she only wanted one.
The women, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, told the ACT Supreme Court today the mother suffered nausea during her pregnancy and in the latter stages could only move around with a walking stick.
[Oh my gosh: she suffered nausea; she had trouble moving around in the late stages of pregnancy!!! Exactly like any normal woman, going through a normal pregnancy? - ed]
She said she and her partner briefly considered adopting out one of the girls but dismissed the idea.
"You thought: `Which one am I not meant to have'?" Dr Armellin's barrister Kim Burke asked.
"Yes, I did," the woman replied.
She said adopting out one child would be unfair to both girls.
"The primary consideration was that adoption shifted the burden of responsibility for this situation onto the children," she said.
"The burden is not the children's to bear. The burden is ours alone."
[YES it IS you sniveling, odious, git. Oh, all except the "burden" part: your babies are a gift, a blessing, not a "burden" you worthless excuse for a mother - ed]
The woman said she enjoyed some aspects of the pregnancy, such as decorating the girls' nursery, but other parts were distressing, including purchasing a pram.
[Oh, well, there ya go: wants baby, but finds prams traumatizing - ed]
"It was like the last frontier of acceptance to spend hundreds of dollars on a pram," she said.
[Let me see: "we" didn't think this through very carefully did we now? A couple of hundred bucks for a pram - when you earn more than a six figure income - is one of the cheapest expenses you'll have for the duration of raising a child. Last frontier my arse! Big gulp now: ooh, aah, spend a couple of hundred on the baby I demanded to have with medical assistance, or buy a new pair of shoes? Jeez, I can see how that would have made any mother-to-be feel desperately ill with the new-found foisting of selflessness onto one's delicate little shoulders - ed]
The couple, whose combine income exceeds $100,000, are seeking $398,000 to cover the costs of raising one of the girls, including private school fees.
They also want around $15,000 to compensate them for time off work, plus an additional amount for medical expenses."
From The Australian ...
"Some women in the services need bigger breasts to address "psychological issues", the Australian Defence Force officials say.If you're a cook with the Army and have a psychologically detrimental nose, we'll pay to fix your self-esteem, no worries.
An ADF spokesman admitted the cosmetic operations were done "at public expense" when there were "compelling psychological/psychiatric reasons"
"In August last year, it was revealed an army cook had a nose job funded by the taxpayer. The Defence Force defended the surgery."
"Cosmetic procedures undertaken solely for the purpose of preserving or improving a person's subjective appearance will be considered only if the underlying (psychological) problem is causing difficulties that adversely impact on the member's ability to do their job," he said."Funny nose > peeling spuds > flipping burgers > preparing roast lamb?
Read at Reuters ....
"LONDON (Reuters) - The Arctic's Northwest Passage has opened up fully because of melting sea ice, clearing a long-sought but historically impassable route between Europe and Asia, the European Space Agency said.
Sea ice has shrunk in the Arctic to its lowest level since satellite measurements began 30 years ago, ESA said, showing images of the now "fully navigable" route between the Atlantic and the Pacific.
A shipping route through the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic has been touted as a possible cheaper option to the Panama Canal for many shippers."
I still have to resort to my sturdy trio: possible, probable, plausible?
"Newspapers are reporting that toxicological tests on liquid found in the boot of the Kate and Gerry McCann's hire car found Madeleine had consumed a "significant" dose of sleeping tablets.
The France Soir newspaper, along with the British press, have reported the tests revealed the young girl had ingested enough pills to overdose."
"Currently a site is being set up for selected candidates to converse in Quote Generated forums and chatrooms. 'The Quote Generators Collective' will not have to abide by the rules of Danielle Freakley's 'Quote Generator' solo project."So as not to frighten off the fearful, Danielle offers encouragement to all comers:
"The selection will be as diverse and unique as the members tastes are. Astute academic convoluted chinstroking banter and words of low brow infomercial sludgy pigslop powwow and anything in between. All are welcome."Convoluted chinstroking banter and words of low brow infomercial sludgy pigslop powwow?
Lest you harbor a scintilla of envy toward Brangelina, a peculiar piece of fawning journalism appeared a little while ago to ease the burden.
A suitable degree of flamboyant gilding-the-lily was delivered, of course:
“She has skipped from sinner to saint, notoriety to respect, collecting tattoos and the world’s most widely desired man along the way, cleverly turning the media on itself by thrusting the issues that matter to her into its insistent face and arriving, at the age of 32, all grown up into some kind of blemish-free, modern-day media goddess, miraculously cleansed of past misadventures.”
But buried within the sycophancy were two utterly subversive and deliciously snarky irrelevancies:
"Like many people who are constantly photographed, in close-up Jolie’s features are disproportionate, almost cartoonish. What looks so beautiful on film is actually outsized in person: the huge green eyes, the enormous mouth that glistens with lascivious promise, the gleaming carnivorous teeth, all packed into the thin, pale face. She is just a freakishly fortunate fraction of a millimetre off not being beautiful at all."
See?Ang is barely a millimeter away from being the ugliest person on earth!
"As the producer, Pitt, however, seems to have spent most of his time child-wrangling. As The New Yorker magazine recently pointed out, “His expression is sometimes that of a man who stepped out to hail a cab and got run over by a fleet of trucks.”
Brad is a total schmuck, just like any other guy.
The Lindy Chamberlain analogy is impossible to miss, particularly when it’s slapping you in the face and the teeniest drops of blood are belatedly found in a car.
In the Chamberlain case that “blood” turned out – years later – to be car sealant, but that didn’t stop forensic experts from testifying in court to it being the sprayed blood from a baby having its throat cut.
In the Madeleine McCann case the specks of blood have found their way into a car rented by her parents 25 days after she went missing. Blood at that stage would only be possible if the little girl had been kept alive for the intervening period. Let’s be blunt about this: dead bodies don’t drip blood.
Parents with twins in tow, along with a hoard of media and police, would have to be extraordinarily creative and devious to keep an injured or dead four year old hidden for a month, with no no one, no one at all, noticing anything peculiar about their activities. They would then have needed to dispose of the body, again, with no one noticing.
In addition to the blood, certain DNA “evidence” has been found on the mother’s clothing. Fancy a child’s DNA being on her mother’s clothes, hey?
“Kate McCann said she was also told by police that if she admitted that an accident happened because she was "stressed", then it would be the "best option" as her husband would be able to work again.
She told the newspaper that Portuguese police had taken away her copy of the Bible, believing that a crumpled page relating to a dead child indicated she had a guilty conscience.”
There you go: exhibit B – a crumpled bible page! How damning.
Crumpled bible page trumps eye witness:
“It was while Mr McCann was away from the table, having run into an acquaintance outside his apartment, that Jane Tanner, another friend, saw a man walking away from the McCann apartment carrying a child over his shoulder. The child was wearing pink pyjamas, as had been Madeleine.”
Short of an unforced plausible confession and a body, how can anyone believe that a mother, a doctor, killed her toddler for no reason, in the midst of a modern city while on holiday, and her cardiac surgeon husband helped to cover it up?
You would then also need to believe that for four months they have raised millions of dollars, elicited the support of celebrities, and traveled across
"Police apparently believe that Mrs McCann, rather than her husband, is their main suspect because of a "scent of death" allegedly detected on her clothes and a bible by sniffer dogs trained to find a corpse."
"There are likely to be dramatic developments in the next few days. People will be surprised by what else is going to come out."As Mrs McCann stepped out of a car:
"It is believe British detectives are carrying our urgent inquiries on behalf of the Poruguese police into the McCann's background."
"Investigators want to learn more about the state of their relationship and whether either of them are prone to losing their temper."
"There were ugly scenes with booing and jeering from some Portuguese onlookers."How does the probable murder of a four year old child so quickly become a circus freak show?
Oh yeah!For the first time ever, we're going to see what Howard and Rudd can do with an extra one minute.
"Pathetic earthlings! Hurling your bodies out into the void, without the slightest inkling of who or what is out there."
Vicki Flood, from Sydney University's Centre for Public Health Nutrition, said Mr Bush's plate, piled up with surf 'n' turf with only a hint of vegetables, was a particularly unhealthy sight.
"The main concern with the plate is the quantity of the protein-rich foods, with a very small amount of vegetables and no breads at all," Dr Flood said.
While Dr Flood suggested the US Commander-in-Chief halve the amount of meat on his plate and add at least a couple more vegetables and some wholegrain bread, she said a food catastrophe could be avoided if he supped from a frugal plate tonight."
Yeah, sure, whatever Dr Flood. Just because a journalist asks, doesn't mean you should respond as if it's any of your business, ya know?
A straggly couple of hundred school kiddies held a little march in Sydney today.
In addition, a group of five scantily-clad women walked around.
The women brandished anti-APEC signs, though were actually advertising a men's magazine.
I guess that means whole APEC gig has started off with a bang.
(Not the bad kind.)
"Queensland University of Technology researcher Dominique Keeffe said aggressive customers were fast becoming the norm as people became more comfortable acting out their frustration with bad service and corporate bureaucracy.
Ms Keeffe said customers had always misbehaved but there was evidence it was happening more often.
"I've spoken to people who have death threats basically every second day, people who are verbally abused on a daily basis, so I think probably it's likely that didn't happen quite as much in the past,'' she said.
"Maybe social norms are changing a little bit that would make people more willing to speak up if things aren't to their satisfaction perhaps.''
What a load of mealy-mouthed timid crud.
"She said she hoped her research, to be completed across the next two years, would provide a clearer understanding of what drove abusive behaviour and what could be done to prevent it."
Ah, that would be: courteous, professional customer service, provided by knowledgeable and helpful service providers who manage to feign some interest in not destroying the reputation and profits of whichever organization had such unsound judgment as to hire them.
The antithesis of such, which is the general provocateur of abusive behavior, is approximately nine times more common than "misbehaving" customers. [Copyright to all made up statistics is owned by the blogger herein.]News online ...
This is not a first-time gig for Ms Keeffe, who seems to be turning the obvious into a lucrative living with overseas trips as a side-perk.
More than a year ago Ms Keeffe was busy announcing these findings:
"The key to avoiding costly clean-ups and time-wasting was to ensure the consumer was satisfied in the first place.
“What we were trying to illustrate is it does pay you to take care of customers ..."
“It supports the old adage that it’s the quiet ones you have to watch.”
As opposed to the noisy death-threatening ones?
That research focused on 18 to 27 year olds, and concluded, rather circuitously, that "young people feel really powerless in the face of bad service ...".
I guess that's the finding you would expect if you only include young people in your small research sample, hey?
Ms Keeffe presented those findings at an international management conference in Atlanta, Georgia, in which she examined "how emotions can influence some dysfunctional consumer behavior."
Yeah?! Emotions can influence some dysfunctional consumer behavior?!
Oh, jeez-louise. No shit Sherlock!
All of which rules out APEC protesting duties for Timmy.T and his splendiferous bow tie (and other crimes against fashionistas everywhere; oh, all except his fedora, which is really cool, and helps Timmy blend in with Amish folk the world over, but not, alas, with Members of Mutiny).
"Another Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum, another protest, another dilemma: what to wear?
And there's less than a week to the Stop Bush Coalition's two events - a little soiree outside Sydney Town Hall on Tuesday at 5pm and then Saturday morning's big shebang that finishes at Hyde Park.
With the coalition protesting against everything from the "war on terrorism" to climate change to workers' rights, attracting everyone from concerned citizens to greenies, unionists and extremists, thankfully, the anarchists have stepped in to stop fashion chaos.
No trippy-hippy, tie-dyed, rainbow-coloured clothing for these hardliners. They are going for simple neutrals this protest season with just a splash of colour. Most of the loose affiliations - don't call them organisations because that would imply hierarchy - go for black, which is fabulous for formal functions later that evening.
While the anarchists don't like to make loud fashion statements, they like to be heard.
Black Bloc - a transnational loose affiliation - likes to attack big chain shops in black hoodies with a red bandanna. They may not share the same views or principles but at least they share the same colour palette. Inspired by Black Bloc, Sydney's Arterial Bloc destroyed a police truck and hurled anything they could get their hands on at last year's G20 meeting in Melbourne. They go for white overalls and bandannas.
Members of Mutiny go for dark hoodies, too, but let anarchy reign when it comes to accessorising. Antifa, the transnational anti-fascists, prefer street wear with anti-fascist logos.
It all sounds rather drab until we get to the socialists with their love of primaries. And we can all be thankful for the hippies with their op-shop cast-offs and rainbows."