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15 February 2005

Quote of the day

Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors... and miss.

- Robert A. Heinlein


My birthday today. Took the day off work and did very little, other than go to a scooter shop to test ride an Italjet Dragster (see below).

If anyone wants to be nice and get me an Amazon or BN gift voucher, that'd be great.


Cágate, hijo de puta

My colleague Alex Robson gave me the heads-up on this particularly disgusting development at the Australian National University:

For your amusement - attached is a flyer urging students to study the Spanish language at ANU, which I discovered this morning in Melville Hall while providing enrolment advice to new students.

Imagine - this is how the university tries to market itself to new students!

Charming. I e-mailed Alex and asked if this was for real. Sadly, it was:

It was prominently displayed on a board at the Faculty of Arts section of student enrolment activities. There is absolutely no doubt that it was placed there by faculty staff, since other advertising material surrounded it.

There is a good chance that *every* new student in *every* faculty of this university, as well as exchange students and postgraduate students, would have seen this when they came to enrol.

However, now I have torn it down - so the Faculty of Arts can go fuck themselves.

Alex also sent thru an alternative recruitment poster:

The comparison will of course make the limp-wristed crowd very upset.

The only difference between Hitler and Guevara is that Che got shot before he could do as much damage. Not that this would have stopped a bunch of dickhead academics idolising him. Fucking parasites.


Test ride: Italjet Dragster 180

The EU's new emission laws have pretty much killed off the bigger-bore European 2-stroke scooters.

I got a chance today to have a brief squirt on the Italjet Dragster, a pure "sports scoot" with around 9,400kms on the clock.

Eh, I wasn't as impressed as I expected. It was the first time the thing had been switched on since Christmas for starters, and the tyres were under-inflated. Taking those things into account, what was it like?

It wasn't that much faster than the more "boring" Sym Euro I just tested. Higher top speed and quicker acceleration than most scoots, which is useful, and soggy tyres aside it seemed to have firm "sporty" suspension. It has those stupid "reverse" brakes (ie. left lever activates the front), though they felt very good.

The biggest problem with a scoot like the Dragster is that it's stuck in no-mans land: it doesn't have the practicality of other scoots, and doesn't have the performance of a "real" motorbike.

There is very little storage space, no shopping-bag hook, hard seats and no luggage units available.

Italjets also have a poor reputation for reliability. Factoring that in, I can't really see any reason to get the Dragster. An Asian 150cc 4-stroke scooter will give you only slightly less performance and greatly enhanced comfort and practicality, not to mention much higher build quality. The Dragster looks like shit up close. Crappy quality plastic fittings and dull paint. Bleh.

Worth a ride, but not worth buying.


Revisionism: rethinking the Honda scooter

Last week I took another test ride of the Honda @125 I rode a while back. I was not impressed the second time around.

Having punted the 125 on mostly open highway, its flaws were mostly hidden or attributed to the fact I still hadn't developed proper scooter-riding technique.

This time, I concentrated on more gnarly, traffic-infested narrow urban environs.

The seat is still comfy, the scoot still finished beautifully and the top speed (around 95kph) is still fine. There's plenty of storage space and the switchgear is quality stuff.

Some problems became apparent. To start with, the suspension is dreadful, with small bumps upseting the scoot's composure quite badly. Not talking big bumps either: the small bump going into a driveway would have made me crash had I been going slightly faster. All scoots have basic suspension not meant for choppy ground, but this was really bad.

The scoot is also slower than a crippled pig in the acceleration stakes. The top speed is fine, but it takes an eternity to get there, which makes picking a gap in traffic a hazardous experience. The highly restrictive exhaust system may be at fault here.

Finally, the brakes are godawful: a stupid "reverse" dual-braking system makes for awful low-speed riding - such as around roundabouts, where you'd normally use the rear brake as a kind of defacto clutch. I never seemed to know which was the best brake to use. It is a stupid system Honda need to jettison pronto. It adds nothing to safety and makes riding much harder than it should be.

If the Honda had a less restrictive exhaust, better springs and normal brakes, it would be an easy scoot to recommend. Unfortunately, it doesn't, so I can't.


Oh, cry me a river already

My opinion has not changed one iota from before: fuck Mamdouh Habib and his asshole family.

I don't give two shits what happens to talibanist assholes, or those who support them.

Our government owes this prick no apologies whatsoever.

I know some of you won't agree with me, but you can go bite my ass.


Enter whining

George Monbiot - enterting another year of perpetual gloom - is telling us how terrified we should be about global warming.

It's Monbiot's standard "the-modern-world-will-kill-us-all" drool. I mention it because it reminds me of a comment I left on another blog: "global warming" ties with creationism as the ultimate non-falsifiable hypothesis.

Hotter than normal weather? = proof of global warming.
Colder than normal weather? = proof of global warming.
Rising oceans? = proof of global warming.
Non-rising oceans? = proof of global warming.

Is global warming scaremongering the "population bomb" of the new century? I know people in the environmental movement - people of otherwise great intellect and sober tempraments - who regard Dr. Paul Ehrlich's crackpot theories as gospel despite the fact that the silly wanker has been wrong about pretty much everything for over 40 years.

Global warming is to the environmentally paranoid what Jews are to conspiracy theorists and satan is to religious fundamentalists: the nebulous, self-evident, non-existent boogeyman for all the world's ills.

The fact that your proponents get to write articles in broadsheet newspapers and have PhDs after their names, doesn't stop a crackpot theory from being a crackpot theory.

For fuck's sake. Go have a beer and calm down, you silly bloody wankers.


I realise I shouldn't....

...but it's too much fun.

Here's some of the brilliant predictions Joe Vialls has blessed us with over the last three years. Enjoy!...........

If the Jewish-American elite really wants to force an end game in the Middle East, Vladimir Putin now appears to be ready and waiting

Apart from the Jewish Lobbies in Washington, the only unqualified [and thus incredibly stupid] support for a strike against Iraq has come from the Australian Government – located at the bottom of the world and completely out of touch as usual. The way things stand at present a strike in the short term looks extremely unlikely, but not impossible. Any American servicemen obliged to invade Iraq at any time in the future on behalf of the Jewish State, would do well to keep a weather eye open for well-armed angry Russians.

20 Aug 2002


Israel Plans Blitzkrieg to Capture Arab Oil Fields

30 January 2002


It seems likely that David Hicks will be released into Australian custody sometime during the next few months, in order to be tried on some trumped-up charge around October 2002

30 Jan 2002


America Creeps Slowly Towards Paramilitary coup d'etat

What will happen next is speculative, but must now include the real possibility of a transitional paramilitary administration if the lobbies continue to control the White House and Capitol Hill, and thus continue to violate the American Constitution. For the first time in American history the Administration and Congress have been put on notice by those tasked with protecting the American Constitution – The US Military, whose members take their personal oaths very seriously. Watch this space.

1 June 2002


Torpedo Attack on MV Limburg Causes Panic in Washington
"Invade Iraq And We'll Sink Your Tanker Fleet!"

Using the best principles of unconventional warfare, someone has just warned America that if the Zionists attack the Middle East, they in turn [ whoever they are] will make damn sure that the pillaged oil never reaches America. Never mind defending the Strait of Hormuz or the Bab el Mandeb you fools, how do you think you going to get the stolen crude oil back to north America?

11 October 2002


So while the very small American force stands facing the open gates leading into the heart of Baghdad itself, with four million armed Iraqis in front and 100,000 armed Iraqis behind, its members might care to glance across to their right flank. Not very far away is the border with Iran, and if the mood swings less than a single degree, 500,000 armed Iranians could be on top of the American invaders in less than a single week.

6 april 2003


Even as we speak, forensic experts in Baghdad are working on a full-size Play Doh model of Saddam, based on one of his four known doubles, who is currently hanging upside down on a nearby meat hook. When the time is right, Wolfowitz will triumphantly unveil "Saddam's" body in the Baghdad Morgue, and claim victory for New York and the New World Order. Hurrah!

24 July 2003

First Tacit American Admission of Defeat in Iraq

20 Oct 2003


Arab Strike Jets Ready to Attack Israel
Saudi Arabia and Syria Checkmate Zionist Oil Grab


Saudi Arabia and Syria have quietly relocated their primary strike aircraft within easy attack range of Israel, meaning the end game is fast approaching.

18 September 2003


Russia Ready to Vaporize the Jewish State
And then kick America out of the Eastern Hemisphere’s oilfields


When the end finally comes for Israel, it will all be over in microseconds. Flying faster than rifle bullets,
the Sunburns will approach Tel Aviv and Haifa at twice the speed of sound, detonating in blinding white
200 Kiloton flashes designed to instantly transform animal vegetable and mineral into heat and light.”


Russia has deliberately sent a number of unmistakably harsh diplomatic signals that the days of the Zionist crusaders are numbered


Put simply, America is now completely broke. The U.S. dollar is falling like a stone and unemployment is climbing through the roof. Most of America’s manufacturing capacity was shifted years ago to “cheap labor” countries overseas, and there is no practical way of getting it back.


Vladimir Putin hammers the final nail into Israel’s coffin

16 Nov 2003


America Commits Suicide in Iraq


The bottom line is that Cheney, Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld have taken the brakes off a giant million-man Shi’ite war machine called the Mehdi Army, and all Moqtada al-Sadr has to do now to start it rolling, is turn the ignition key. Remember, the Shi’ite Mehdi Army brackets all American exfiltration routes south towards Kuwait, which is the only way out for 110,000+ American servicemen.

Exactly when Moqtada al-Sadr will pounce is hard to say. He may start attacking convoys within weeks, or he might take the view that it would be better to wait a few months and let the northern Sunni counter-insurgency teams further weaken American military resolve. Either way, Moqtada al-Sadr gets the pick of all American convoys trying to leave Iraq in a hurry, which to borrow an old military term, means an incredibly “target rich environment”. Do you remember the awesome devastation on the “Highways of Death” leading out of Kuwait during Gulf War One? Just like that, but substitute American bodies for the Iraqi bodies you saw there thirteen years ago.


...the deadly danger posed by Moqtada al-Sadr’s vengeful million-man Shi’ite Mehdi Army, which has the easy ability to cut large chunks of the American military in Iraq to bloody ribbons, thereby severely “undermining U.S. military resistance” to the Zionist conquest of the Americas.

20 December 2003


In essence, the entire American continent, from Inuvik in northern Canada to the southern tip of Tierra Del Fuego, is to be invaded and captured for Zionist use, with the cabal exercising central command and control from New York City, currently located in the much smaller United States of America. Within this new massive fortress, the USA will be the focal point of all significant economic activities, with Canada and the former countries of Latin and South America providing the bulk of natural resources and cheap labor.

22 Jan 2004


Monstrous Massacre in Fallujah - Is Miami Next?

When I inserted "Miami" in the title of this report, it was not without reason. Miami is on a short list of medium-sized American cities targeted for Phase One of Fortress Americas, which calls initially for local American gangs to be 'inoculated' with the fake al Qaeda 'virus', which of course will then require armed intervention by federal authorities, and lead to short term martial law imposed by New York. Member of armed Miami street gangs ranging from the "10th Street Thugs" through the "Legion of Doom" to the "Vados Locos" will all suddenly find to their horror that they have become overnight lieutenants of 'al Qaeda', and they will then be hunted down by federal authorities and given the same considerate courtroom hearing as David Koresh.

14 April 2004


Saddam's Liberation of Iraq Has Begun

In the secret underworld beneath Baghdad and Mosul, Republican Guard counter-insurgency units prepare micro nukes and binary Sarin weapons


The time for American and Zionist punishment of the Iraqi people has now passed into history, and the punishment of Americans and Zionists by the Iraqi people is just about to begin.

26 June 2004


Covert Iraq-Iran Alliance Prepares to Destroy Zion

As American troops remain trapped inside Vietnam-style fortified fire bases in Iraq, their political masters in New York are realising too late that Iran guards the only line of retreat back down the Persian Gulf. The quasi Judeo-Christian 'Coalition of the Willing' is fast becoming the 'Coalition of the Damned'.


Those licking their lips at the possibility of reprisals against Iran had best shut their mouths again, because there will not be any. Every attack jet that bursts out of an Iranian valley will be carrying the correct insignia of the Iraqi Air Force, notionally and factually at war with America since the illegal invasion of its sovereign territory. It will be defense at its very best, and entirely allowable under the umpire's rules. If the Zionists ignore the umpire and attack Iran, it is reasonable to expect that two unstoppable Mach 2.0 supersonic nuclear Sunburns will then be launched in the direction of Tel Aviv and Haifa. Game, set and match.

12 August 2004


Air Attack on U.S. Planned for October 2004

El AL'eda terrorists plan to initiate "Fortress Americas"
with several thousand dead on American East Coast


Thus the Zionist Cabal knows only too well that it is already living on borrowed time. Eighty seconds just happens to be the exact time cycle needed for a complete nuclear event sufficient to transform Tel Aviv and Haifa to glass. The only way to recruit Americans to the flagging cause of Zionism is to first sacrifice a few thousand of them in appalling circumstances on the eastern seaboard of America. Then, and only then, amid the terrifying shock and horror of the dead and the slowly dying, might the American people as a whole be convinced that the real enemy is Al Qaeda rather than EL AL'eda.

16 July 2004

I've written to Joe to ask him to explain some of these brain farts. I'll let you know if he responds.


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