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4 April 2008

Quote of the day

With each passing day I become more convinced that the 'green' movement is actually a millenarian psychosis; a mental and spiritual sickness borne, perhaps, from some degree of civilisational exhaustion. Not just a belief that the end of the world is nigh, but an active desire to bring it about. And soon. Ours is not the first age to witness such pandemics of madness but, in the Middle Ages at least, there was the excuse of a near-universal poverty. In such a state of interminable plight, despair may not be the wisest response but it is at least an understandable one.

But now we live in an age of near-universal prosperity and progress. Never before has our species enjoyed such security and such freedom from want. Yet this is clearly no defence against a recurrance of this psychological plague.

- Thaddeus Tremayne.


Earth Hour

Bolty had a great wrap-up of that hysterical non-event.

Meanwhile in Canberra, at a bar in Kingston, the outdoor smoking area had a half-dozen large bar-heaters going at full blast to warm the patrons. The music system was playing mighty loud as well. I don't think there was much energy conservation going on that evening.

Still, it made the usual crowd of enviroweenies feel cuddly about themselves. Feelings being more important than reality to those clowns.

Speaking of enviroweenies and Andrew Bolt, check out his encounter with the retarded staff at Borders.


Fucking idiot

Our newest useless public servant: the "petrol price commissioner" Pat Walker:

NO consumer enjoys watching fuel prices going up.With about 15 million vehicles on our roads, petrol, diesel or LPG is an inescapable cost for Australians.

With about 15 million vehicles on our roads, clearly petrol, diesel or LPG is an inescapable cost for Australians.

While increases themselves hurt, motorists are often also asked to accept these increases with little or no explanation from petrol companies.

This lack of transparency is unacceptable.

Motorists have a right to know the real reasons behind increases in fuel prices and if they are getting a fair deal.

No they don't, you vacuous imbecile.

The consumer has no rights whatsoever other than to get the product he/she paid for.

I'll make it simple for the idiots out there: nobody has a right to what someone else produces. They have no right to know how the price was formulated. You see a price, you decide if you want to buy. You think it's too expensive? Don't buy it.

It is very telling of course, that this clown - despite his howling about "lack of transparency" - doesn't mention in his entire wretched article that the biggest cut out of each litre of petrol goes straight into government coffers.

Welcome to the capricious and hypocritical modern welfare-state mentality: the owner of a product is criminalised for setting a price for what is theirs, while the thieving government bastards take their own massive chunk while having the utter gall to complain about high prices.

Mr. Walker, I hope you choke on whatever government cock you are sucking.



Here's the film which is sending The Religion of Peace into another seething rage, and likewise prompting simpering politicians the world over to blubber apologies left and right. Local appeasement clown Antony Lowenstein is in a huff over it too:

It's a crude, embarrassingly racist compilation of the most extreme Islamic statements and anti-Semitic rants.

The film, of course, merely quotes muslims and the Koran.


China and the 'limpics

I couldn't be happier seeing the public relations mess the vermin in Beijing are getting themselves into. John Derbyshire has a wonderful post on the subject:

At the Olympics, the Maoists will be dealing with free people from free nations, and there is only so much they can do to control them. It's not clear they understand this. They've been living for decades in a bubble of unchallenged power, and are not very imaginative. The opportunities for embarrassment are endless, and the prospect of it very delicious to anyone who loves liberty. Personally, I hope their stinking Olympics is a huge fiasco, and I see encouraging signs it may be.

Indeed. May the world rub humiliating poo in the faces of those mass-murdering Chung Kuo bastards.


Big 'zook

As I've said many times, I'm not into cruisers, but I'd love to have a blast on Suzuki's m109:

I followed one for a while coming back from the 2006 MotoGP race at Phillip Island. It looked fantastic, had some serious acceleration and generally looked like a more fun piece of kit than most of the big, wobbly class.


Zimbabwe: a happy place with abundant fruit

Yes, Zimbabwe's economy has collapsed, there is hyperinflation, starvation, repression and murder.

But don't let all that imperialist propaganda fool you: the Communist Party of Australia has been publicly fellating the man for years, so he must be OK, right?

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe was applauded and US Secretary of State, Colin Powell was booed at the Earth Summit last week. [...] Mr Mugabe's remarks on Zimbabwe's sovereignty drew most applause.[...] Sources close President Mugabe said many heads of State and diplomats who were in the plenary hall sent him hand-written notes congratulating him for speaking out against imperialism, colonialism and oppression of the developing countries in the South by the rich and powerful countries of the North.

The sound and fury of the campaign against the present government of Zimbabwe and President Mugabe in particular, is obscuring the long history of Zimbabwe and the present struggle for land on the part of the people of that country. It is part of the long struggle of all African countries against European colonialism.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has ridden out imperialist interventionist efforts to oust his nationalist-leaning ZANU-PF Government. Now he is moving to end the gross inequalities of land ownership in this African country, through dispossession of the dominant white land owners.

Mr Mugabe's sin is that his government has resisted imperialist domination and no matter what he does or does not do he will be blamed.

According to the Western media spin, the reason for Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe's crackdown on the opposition is due to the fact that his government is inherently authoritarian, greedy for power for power's sake, and willing to do anything from stealing elections to cracking skulls to hang on to its privileged position. This is the typical slander levelled at the heads of governments the US and UK have trouble with, from Milosevic in his day, to Kim Jong Il, to Castro, Hugo Chávez and Mari Alkatiri among others.

The blatant racism of British policy towards Zimbabwe, and the campaign of disinformation and vilification being waged by Britain against the ZANU Government and President Mugabe, have failed to win support in various international fora, except from fellow racists like our own John Howard. While Mugabe or his representatives have scored successes at major world gatherings, those leading the attack on Zimbabwe, like Howard, have had to eat crow. The governments of Africa and the rest of the Third World will not support them.

Imperialism, not Robert Mugabe, is responsible for the problems confronting southern Africa.

what the "civilised" nations of the West are doing to Zimbabwe is a crime.

So, how's that "redistribution" working out, commie vermin?

...and speaking of Mugabe, how incompetent do you have to be to lose a rigged election?

Expensive Spyder

Can-Am's intriguing Spyder has finally been released in oz.

For a while, I was considering getting one of these as a long-distance tourer and two-up machine.

Then I saw the price tag: nearly $30k with on-road costs.


This is from a machine which only costs $14,995 in the USA. Seems an excessive level of mark-up, even when importation costs are taken into account.

One of the problems is that the Spyder needs quite a bit of fettling to turn it into a decently fun road mount. The standard suspension is apparently so slushly that the stability control kicks in and slows the trike around even gentle corners, due to the fact it wallows so badly. An aftermarket company in California makes sports shocks for the spyder which apparently solves the problem, but you're now adding $2-3k to an already overpriced machine.

Then there's the crummy and overpriced aftermarket products from Can-Am: my favourite being a rear-mounted "luggage rack" that you can't tie anything to. Brilliant idea, idiots.

For just a few grand extra, you can get a real trike, and an aussie-made one at that:

That's a Panther Trikes Sportster.

Yes please.


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