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the four-wheeled world
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.
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.
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.
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.
the field seems to be:
is for wussies
a complete fuckwit out of himself today.
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".
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.
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.
much about the raising of children ... and the continuation of our species.
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
marriageif it did, human beings would be the only living creatures
on Earth since none of the other animals engages in holy matrimony like
we dontand, 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?
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.
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.
column the most tortured use of the Garden-of-Eden metaphor ever to
appear in print?
mean, just what the fuck is this wanker talking
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
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.
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.
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
If people stopped
watching/listening to it, then a message would get through, no?
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".
organisations like the ABC is nothing more than whinging
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.
expect Niall or other ABC-lovers to accept this deal, do you?
Green Psycho Bulletin, again....
the latest Green Left Weekly:
"Palestinian Education Department" has
released a report showing the destruction those evil jews have wrought
on Palestinian education.
would that be the same Palestinian Education Department that gave
fabulous educational materials?.....
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.
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.
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 peoples
"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.
of other crap. Go read, it's free!