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Pommie Twit sez "Skyscrapers Suck!!"
of bilge in The Independent, brought to us by the very silly
Janet Street-Porter, as she recoils in horror from the prospect of constructing
more large buildings at the WTC site. You really should read the whole
thing, but I had the highlight the conclusion.
If the anti-globalisation
movement means anything at all, it is that commerce has to be conducted
differently in the future. A 90-storey building, like a Big Mac, sends
out all the wrong messages. Surely it's time to go back to the drawing
No further commentary
The deep thoughts of The Independent readers: "Americans are
Check out this
thread at The Independent's discussion boards;
keep hearing this talk about how brave and courageous Americans are,
whereas Arabs are said to be these huge cowards. Let's face the facts,
America has revealed itself to be the biggest coward in the world.
Arabia is where all the terrorists have come from. Not Iraq.
North Korea looks like it is on the verge of having nukes. Not Iraq.
Iran is in the process of getting nukes - not Iraq.
who is America choosing to attack? They choose to attack the country
that they have spent the last ten years disarming. They choose to attack
the country that has no significant weapons, communications, economy
or infrastructure. They choose to attack the country to which they have
complete knowledge of its defenses and capabilites gained in the last
is who America picks as its enemy. Recruit the 'brave' pilots that bombed
the fleeing IRaqis during the gulf war.
them down out of their 1975 jeeps with your three billion dollar planes.
Use your ten thousand dollar guns with your infrared binoculars. Then
come back to the US and tell the world what heroes you are.
was a three times greater chance of dying in Washington DC, then there
was of dying in the gulf war and most of that was from 'friendly' fire
is comitting yourself to die for a cause that you believe in. Courage
is when a tiny island nation stands up to American intervention despite
constant assasination attempts and American terrorism. Courage is standing
up to organized military with sticks and rocks.
know nothing about courage now. They were once a proud and brave country
but no longer. Now they are filled with imperialists seeking out pretenses
to declare war on the weakest opponent they can locate.
(well the weakest
opponent would be Tuvalu, but why quibble with a writer of such intellectual
What I want for Christmas
I'm not particularly
interested in guns, but I want one of these....
The Barrett M99 .50
Cal single-shot bolt-action sniper rifle. The price? A paltry
I wouldn't mind one
of these either....
The Barrett M82A1
- a larger, heavier semi-automatic version of the above. All mine for
a mere US$7,300
The ultimate politically
incorrect toy. Mwahahaha.
The Dirty Dozen
Go read Damian Penny's
list of the 12
biggest scumbags of the year.
I'm not a big TV watcher.
Let's face it, most TV is shit, and all TV weekly dramas are shit:
there's nothing duller than the one-hour-per-week bulk fodder drama. Boring
cop shows, soaps, medical dramas...Zzzzzz. You want great stories which
get you in the gut, only mini-series or movies can offer them. Well, that's
what I thought.
seen something this week which has blown that theory out of the water.
Last week I purchased the boxed set of 24 - the assassination/action/espionage
thriller where each episode covers one hour of "real time",
and the whole series covers just one day: the day of the California presidential
plays the head of the Counter Terrorist Unit in Los Angeles investigating
a death threat against a presidential candidate.
This show didn't look
that interesting when I started watching it on TV: the "real time"
thing looked like a bad gimmick, and it had connotations of the wannabe
James Bond "secret agency with kick-ass techno toys" childish
garbage we see on shows like Mission Impossible and Alias.
Still, after the first
two episodes I had to admit the show was pretty damned interesting. Unfortunately,
I missed a couple of episodes, and this really isn't the kind of
show where you can miss things and pick them up later, so I skipped the
rest of the series and decided to wait for the DVDs
Well, whaddaya know.
The show turned out to be monumental triumph, with none of the predictable
flaws of the hour-long TV drama. A brilliantly written, well acted season-long
thriller with not a single dud episode in the entire series, which has
gotta be a first for TV. Whenever the show looked likely to go
into a cliche, it didn't, constantly remaining interesting, tense, fresh
and evolving. With the exception of a hammy performance by a well-known
actor who appears late in the series, pretty much everything in this series
was absolutely spot-on.
It's hands-down the
best weekly TV drama ever made: it feels like a long mini-series (and
yes, that's a compliment), with genuine cinematic scope. I'm also willing
to bestow upon it the ultimate compliment: it doesn't feel like a TV drama.
I can't recommend
it enough. It works better on DVD as well: widescreen pictures, no damned
commercial breaks to spoil the tension and a better "flow" between
episodes. Don't let anyone give you any details on the plot though. It
works much better when you don't know where the show is going.
My compliments to
all involved: 24 rocks.
Glorious sights & sounds
Ducati have been testing
their new MotoGP v4 bike at Phillip Island. Some clever git with a video
camera snuck in and videotaped
the bikes. The file is a 4 meg download, and man, those Dukes sound
Gibbering Loons at The Daily Mirror
The Daily Mirror has
It is true that
weapons of mass destruction should not be allowed in the wrong hands.
But they are.
They are in President Bush's. That is the greatest threat facing the
Mmmmkay. Your pixie
dust and incense should be arriving soon......
at Silent Running have a few things to say about some peabrain
academic's opinions on Gallipoli.
A problem for anti-GM lefties
Aaron Oakley at Bizarre
Science makes an interesting
of the day
Why do most of
the proposed replacements for the WTC look as though they've already been
attacked by terrorists?
50 reasons why Lord of The Rings sucked
is funny. Thanks to Carol B. of Maryland for the link.
has gotta be a joke........
games have traditionally revolved around ruthless capitalism (Monopoly),
world domination (Risk) and cold-blooded murder (Cluedo). But this Christmas,
parents will be able to buy a new breed of alternative game, offering
less aggressive ways of whiling away a wet afternoon.
The games are
being marketed by a Sussex-based company, Gaia Distribution, and are
designed to feed children messages of a more educationally nutritious
nature than just "winner takes all". In fact, many of the
games are played not on a competitive basis, but a cooperative one,
so that no one ends up on the losing side and there are no tears either
before or after bedtime.
for example, can be played by one to six people, aged four and upwards.
Whereas the rules for a game such as Monopoly can be summed up in one
sentence - get rich and bankrupt your competitors - the instructions
for Gaia's Garden take up a couple of pages and touch on horticultural
compatibility and ecological interdependence.
Sound like fun kiddies?
Bruce Hill has some
things to say on this subject.
Andrew Dodge vs. J-Lo's Bimbo Minions
There's an amusing
tiff going on at Sasha Castel's site, where a deranged and indignant
Jennifer Lopez fan is protesting against Dodgey's characterization of
the showbiz queen as a petty, talentless, brain-dead bimbo.
Really Andrew, you
should be ashamed of yourself (*cough*cough*)
Oh, happy birthday
by the way.....
Boys, it's time to quit
INXS' current UK tour
much a disaster. Even without their lead singer offing himself in
'97, the band was a creatively spent force over a decade ago, with their
audience and musical skills plummeting ever since the "X" album.
For gawd's sake fellas,
get out while you still have a few shreds of dignity.
A brilliant three-pronged
editorial in The Australian today: criticising the pathetic
appeasers of Islamonazi scum, pouring scorn on the anti-globalism psychos,
and praising Dyson Heydon's appointment to the High Court of Australia.
Ex-tennis Christian hag doesn't like lesbians
Former Aus tennis
great and fundamentalist asscow Margaret Court is complaining
about lesbians again. Get a life bitch.
Where the hell are.....
Wright and Muslimpundit?
Why people hate the court system
rapist has been awarded $110,000 in general damages for being "deprived
of his liberty, mental suffering and humiliation".
Oh, and a bunch of
murdering scum have received
almost non-existent sentences for bashing a teenager to death.
TV - Arafat style
must all be a zionist hoax. Arafat really, really wants peace!!
The Boomerang of "Multiculturalism"
troubling FrontPage piece.
lies for "the poor"
Samizdata has a great
series of posts going on right now about the "rich are getting
richer and the poor are getting poorer!" squealers. Excellent reading.
South African politicians puff too
much of the good stuff
cannot afford drugs to fight HIV/Aids partly because it needs submarines
to deter attacks from nations such as the US, its health minister said.
Manto Tshabalala-Msimang told the Guardian that budgetary priorities
meant her department could not provide anti-retrovirals to the estimated
4.5m South Africans with HIV. "We don't have the money for that.
Where would it come from?"
Asked if it could
come from defence savings from leaving out the submarines which formed
part of a £4bn arms deal, the minister said that South Africa
needed to deter aggressors: "Look at what Bush is doing. He could
File this one under
sure...everything in Africa is the fault of white people.
Oh God, not her
The Australian has
opinion piece by Janet Albrechtsen on Kate Carnell - former Chief
Minister of the ACT and raving loon: A woman with an extraordinary talent
to create financial, human and political disasters from nothing. Now she
wants a senate seat. God help us.
There are two
reasons why the former ACT chief minister's bid for the Senate next
Saturday should be dead in the water. The first is history. Her sorry
record says it all. Carnell should be hiding in a dark corner ashamed
of her political failures rather than looking for a promotion to the
upper house on the hill.
The second reason
is one of principle. Carnell represents everything that a conservative
party should not be.
Amen. Let's hope
we've seen the last of this nut-job.
Thanks to Alex
Robson for the heads-up.
MCJ has some
thoughts on Hollywood's Castro admirers.
Alex Robson vs. paid maternity leave
Fellow ANU blogger
Alex Robson has
written a solid critique of the current plan for mandatory paid maternity
leave. Sadly, something tells me this stupid scheme is inevitable.
Why socialists hate rich people
will piss a few people off.
man, it's all about justice for the Palestinians...or something
On Monday, the
Hamas website showed a picture of an eagle pecking at the severed head
of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. The caption read, "We will
use the skulls of Zion's sons to build a bridge to heaven," according
to press reports.
The banner praised
the murder of Jews as part of jihad (holy war).
An earlier banner
headline on the site, commemorating the ninth anniversary of the death
of a senior Hamas official in Gaza, vowed: "We will knock on the
doors of heaven with the skulls of Jews."
pictures showed an axe smashing the word "Jews" and the skulls
Nah, no anti-semitism
here folks. Don't you all read Robert Fisk? It's all the Americans' fault.
One great thing happened today
Justice Dyson Heydon
been appointed to the High Court of Australia. Naturally, the
ABC are horrified. The man could have no better endorsement.
Heydon himself has
some important things to say about judicial activism;
has a different character from that of a generation ago. There is within
its increased ranks a large segment of ambitious, vigorous, energetic
and proud judges. Ambition, vigour, energy and pride can each be virtues.
But together they can be an explosive compound. Rightly or wrongly,
many modern judges think that they can not only right every social wrong
but achieve some form of immortality in doing so.
The duty of a
judge is to decide the case. It entails a duty to say what is necessary
to explain why it was decided as it was, and a duty to say no more than
what is necessary. To breach the latter duty is a form of activism capable
of causing insidious harm to the rule of law.
A danger for
judicial probity arises where the court deliberately sets out to alter
Amen. Welcome to
the bench sir. The highest court in the land will benefit from your presence.
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