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5 August 2003

Joining the four-wheeled world

Yes, I'm crossing to the dark side: I've decided to finally get my car licence (which - being a motorcycle rider & buyer - I never bothered to do before) and actually purchase a car, hopefully before Xmas this year.

The "limitations" of bikes never bothered me before, but I find myself getting into more and more circumstances where I need to give someone a lift, go places in appalling weather, or carry large quantities of "stuff". And frankly, riding in traffic for a few years gives you a collective attack of the heebie-jeebies.

The car will be strictly utilitarian. Compact and not expensive. Hey, I'd love something fast and sporty, but I can't afford to do that and keep my sportsbike. And it's a cold, hard fact that when it comes to bang-for-bucks, bikes shit on cars from a great height.

So, I'll keep my bike for performance thrills. For my car, I want something easy to park, not expensive, and not completely ugly. Oh yeah, it's gotta be an auto, coz I'm a lazy shit.

So far, the field seems to be:

The Toyota Echo:

The Daihatsu Sirion:

The Honda Jazz GLI:

The Holden Barina SXi:

Any suggestions/advice?

Heterosexuality is for wussies

Our PM made a complete fuckwit out of himself today.

Prime Minister John Howard has aligned himself with the Vatican and US President George W Bush in ruling out gay marriages, saying they do nothing to support "survival of the species".

"I'm opposed to changing the law in Australia to give them the same status as marriage that we all understand in our society," Mr Howard told a Darwin radio station during a tour of the Northern Territory capital today.

"That's not an expression of discrimination - it's just an expression that marriage as we understand it is one of the bedrock institutions of our society.

"It's very much about the raising of children ... and the continuation of our species.

I'll leave the response to James Russell:

John, the survival of any species simply involves one set of male reproductive organs making contact with one set of female reproductive organs. It does not require marriage—if it did, human beings would be the only living creatures on Earth since none of the other animals engages in holy matrimony like we dont—and, lest we forget, even heterosexual marriage does not inevitably lead to propagation. Would someone please like to remind these bloody people what decade we're living in?

The James mention of Howard "following Dubya's lead" is a load of balls though. Let's not confuse the issue with "we're coming the 51st state" rubbish. Howard's always been a pro-statist social conservative.

This is just good old fear-of-fags bollocks. And all the carping in the world about political correctness and disrupting sacred institutions can't hide the simple, ugly stench of homophobia.

George Moonbat's latest...uh...opus

Is Monbiot's latest column the most tortured use of the Garden-of-Eden metaphor ever to appear in print?

I mean, just what the fuck is this wanker talking about?

The timing of the exhibition is good, as it is in this season that we leave our homes in search of paradise. In doing so, we immiserate other people. It is not just the noise with which we fill their lives while pursuing our own tranquillity. In order to create an Eden in which we may disport ourselves in innocence and nakedness, we must first commission others to clear its inhabitants out of the way. Like Constable, we are adept at hiding this truth from ourselves.


Paradise is the founding myth of the colonist. Unable to contemplate the truth of what we do, we extract from our fathomless collective guilt a story of primordial innocence.

From what I can decipher (in between migrane attacks) it seems to be a contorted amalgam of his standard template essays The West Is Evil, Israelis have Big Noses, Capitalism is Bad and Black People Are Never To Blame For Anything.

Auntie's sad groupies

Dim-bulb Niall Cook mounts this supremely idiotic defence of the ABC:

I don't watch Sixty Minutes because I consider it banal. I don't listen to the FM104.5 breakfast show because I can't stand Greg 'Fatcat' Ritchie. It's all about choice. If you, for whatever reason don't like the ABC, and truely, the reason is completely irrelevant, then don't watch/listen to it. Don't waste yours and others time by doing a Blair/Bolt/Akerman/Whogivesafuckelse in whinging about what a poor do the ABC is. If people stopped watching/listening to it, then a message would get through, no? It's like changing a Government. Don't like 'em, don't vote for 'em. Choice, people.......simple choice. Whinging about organisations like the ABC is nothing more than whinging.

Niall thinks all us ABC critics should shut up and just stop watching, coz - you know - we have a "choice". Of course, we don't have the choice to not pay for the ABC. You can be sure Niall doesn't support that kind of choice.

If people stopped watching/listening to it, then a message would get through, no?

Well, no it wouldn't. It's a taxpayer-funded network: it gets money whether people are watching or not. It is immune to the pressures of ratings, advertising revenue, audience interest and pretty much any of the mechanisms which would send a "message".

Whinging about organisations like the ABC is nothing more than whinging

Fine. I'll make you a deal: stop making me pay for it, and I'll stop whinging about it. If the ABC is of such immense value to so many in this country, then let them fund it by subscription.

I don't expect Niall or other ABC-lovers to accept this deal, do you?

Green Psycho Bulletin, again....

From the latest Green Left Weekly:

- The "Palestinian Education Department" has released a report showing the destruction those evil jews have wrought on Palestinian education.

Hmmm, would that be the same Palestinian Education Department that gave us these fabulous educational materials?.....

Palestinian schools teach a form of anti-Jewish hatred and intolerance not unlike what was taught to German children during the Nazi era. For instance, ninth-grade Palestinian students study from official textbooks that assert, "Treachery and disloyalty are character traits of the Jews, and therefore one should beware of them." These books depict Jews as satanic, violent, "thieving conquerors" who have stolen Arab land and must be slaughtered.

Further, Palestinian textbooks glorify jihad and martyrdom as the only legitimate means to liberating "Palestine." Even children's poems are laced with calls to war. Fifth-graders memorize such lines as, "I shall take my soul in my hand and hurl it into the abyss of death." Sixth-graders read a story glorifying a young boy who is raised with "the love of jihad flowing through his veins and filling every fiber of his being"; a boy who experiences his greatest "joy" when he sees "the enemy lying dead" or "fleeing for their lives." An eighth-grade literary text denies any Jewish connection to the Western Wall, and teaches children to identify Muslim and Christian holy sites but completely omits any reference to Jewish sites.

The propaganda campaign is relentless. A fourth-grade religion book reads, "The Jews are enemies to the prophets and believers." According to an eighth-grade text, "Mankind has suffered from the yoke of racism at all times, because Satan has made their evil deeds seem beautiful...Such people are the Jews." In a book used by sixteen-year-olds, the Nazi Holocaust is depicted as a response to the Jewish people’s "greed and religious fanaticism." Still another volume suggests, "Perhaps Allah brought the Jews to our land, so their death would take place here, as it did in their wars with the Romans." These can hardly be mistaken for the words of a "peace curriculum."

- The obligatory Castro-loving.

- Lots of other crap. Go read, it's free!


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