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the correspondents in this month's Stalin Lives!
calling for the destruction of Israel.
people these marxists.
This week's Greenie Left report
Pogrom Weekly Green Left Weekly is as "entertaining"
Castro was, indeed,
humble and self-critical about the country's economic failings
good thing he's self critical, because criticism done by others tends
to end unhappily. Oddly enough, what's good enough for those unappreciative
swim-to-Florida niggers in Cuba doesn't
seem to sit too well with our socialist bretheren here at home, even
in the mildest of imitations. Then again, leftists generally ask others
to pay the price for their ideological comforts.
can sign their pro-Castro
review of Matrix
2 so pathetic only a commie loser could write it. Check this out:
reading at least sees the matrix as a metaphor for the bourgeois ideology
that binds people to the system, and the rebels who must both battle
the state and free people from their illusions as anti-capitalist revolutionaries.
It may not be
quite the Leninist understanding of the inter-relationship between the
lived experience of the working class and oppressed and revolutionary
organisation (in fact the ``unsaved'' masses are virtually invisible
and irrelevant in Reloaded), but a rough analogy is there.
vision of liberation may be contradictory, mysterious (at least until
part three, Matrix Revolutions, is released in November), and perhaps
elitist. But that doesn't mean we can't exploit those representations
in popular culture that can have a progressive meaning. Anything, even
in capsule form, that suggests the need to tear away mystifying illusions,
to be committed to a struggle for liberation and to organise for it
can't be a bad thing.
After all, it
was a red pill.
You get the impression
this guy needs to get laid?
--- some loser
poetry. Let me summarise:
Big Marxist book,
Wrapped around my cock,
Gives me a happy.
Yeah, those Palestinians REALLY, REALLY want peace
like shocked man....
prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas, has pulled out of Israeli-Palestinian
talks on the US-driven "road map" announced earlier today
by his Israeli counterpart, Ariel Sharon.
Mr Abbas cited
"scheduling difficulties", but the cancellation of the meeting,
which was to be held tomorrow, was interpreted as an indication that
the Palestinian leader does not see any value in meeting Mr Sharon.
mind. Everyone will blame the evil Israelis, and you guys can get back
to your national sport: homicide bombings.
Today's carnival of insanity
Neville - less a writer than a flesh-covered mound of swirling madness
- is back with his latest essay: Murdering
The Matrix, marketing missiles, marrying machines
I had hopes for
The Matrix Reloaded. The first version - a Metropolis plus spaceships,
kung fu, drugs captured the subliminal shift of awareness at
the end of the 21st Century. That the natural world was giving way to
the New Global Church of the Silicon Chip. The merging of flesh and
technology is gathering pace . The victors of the Gulf War are the killing
machines, and the shareholders of the corporations who make them.
as metaphor for the Zionist War Machine.
The Matrix encroaches
on the senses with the first handful of popcorn, as the ads unroll.
Scenes from the blockbuster are intercut with scenes selling Mars Bars,
or is it fast cars, or is it both? Long before the opening titles, Matrix
the movie is promoting Matrix the lifestyle.
(as with Phillip Adams) is Neville's favourite contemporary bogeyman:
the evils of virtual reality. Neville's been waffling for years that we'll
all dissolve into a virtual porno-coca-cola commercial and there won't
be anyone left to make love to trees. On and on he's blathered, looking
for his portents of doom.
The issue at
stake is control of the future will it be man or machine? Both
in plot and marketing, the machine is gaining the upper hand.
The packed houses
at the sequels multiple screenings had less to do with artistry
or imagination than with the power of Hollywoods publicity machine.
publicity machine. oops.
The first Matrix
had charm, quirkiness, a delicious sensation of fear. The new Matrix
has a mighty budget and minuscule emotional impact, despite Keanu Reeves
some sequels suck? The end is nigh!!!
Still, the underground
dance party is fun. Agent Smith, who turns his colleagues into copies
of himself, is the parable of Rupert Murdoch.
Richard once claimed on TV that H.R.
Geiger's Alien design was a "penis with teeth", in
some kind of evil corporate metaphor for AIDS. Or something.
then there was his breathless revelation that the commercial failure of
the lousy Dan Akroyd comedy Coneheads was the results of a conspiracy
against immigrants. I am not making this up.
is an arms sellers bazaar, a Star Wars Expo, in which humans are pitted
against The Terror. This terror is never-ending, just like the movie
itself, which is to be continued, just like the doctrine
of pre-emptive strike.
is beyond parody.
Was it just me,
or did anyone else notice that the vilest character in the movie is
French? Worse, a Francophile weasel; arrogant, lecherous, pointless;
the spitting image of Dominique de Villepin, the French foreign minister
who won applause from the Security Council when he warned that an occupation
of Iraq would be messy. Hollywood knows who butters its bread.
you hadn't noticed, Neville has a serious hard-on for the EU.
three paragraphs are an amusing, deranged rant, having something to do
with AI, potatos, and evolutionary theory.
Like it or not,
the merging of flesh and machines is unstoppable. Its as if Dr
Frankenstein is about to marry his own monster only its
not a monster after all, apparently, but a kind of saviour, a way for
us to enlarge our capacities - repair our organs, extend our age, cure
the blind, raise IQs, eliminate disease.
and machines merge. He has no examples of this of course, but it must
be true because he saw it in a movie.
the marriage brokers, and the rest of us are mail order Russian brides
bound for the Matrix. While this wedlock is supposed to make
me immortal, such a prospect is sure to terrify my children.
them, nut-boy. You're off your fuckin' rocker, you know that?
Those Lovely Deposed Iraqis
like this just makes you feel horrible that we violated Iraq's
another bride, 18, was dragged, resisting, into a guardhouse on one
of Uday's properties, according to a maid who worked there. The maid
says she saw a guard rip off the woman's white wedding dress and lock
her, crying, in a bathroom. After Uday arrived, the maid heard screaming.
Later she was called to clean up. The body of the woman was carried
out in a military blanket, she said. There were acid burns on her left
shoulder and the left side of her face. The maid found bloodstains on
Uday's mattress and clumps of black hair and peeled flesh in the bedroom.
A guard told her, "Don't say anything about what you see, or you
and your family will be finished."
this is one of the nicer ones.
The End of Britain
Guardian is - of course - outraged
by the skepticism directed towards the glorious collectivist future the
something disturbing about this.
article on it.
to Carol B. for the link.
Save the internet!! Make a donation!!
idea I've heard in ages.
What the fuck is going on?
my spam has doubled in the last few weeks, and I'm getting maybe 4-5 times
more than I was a year ago across all my e-mail accounts. Are most other
people experiencing this?
Jacques in The Guardian mounts this
grotesque defence of "sovereignty". And who's sovereignty
does he defend? Why, Saddam and Mugabe's of course.
Jacques takes is the worst kind of patronising, juvenile, racist cultural
relativism: that human rights and democracy are western, colonial, chauvanistic
notions, which should not be imposed upon the noble cultures of the past.
There is a widespread
view in the west that our values are the right values, that we know
best, that every country will sooner or later take our road, that everyone
will end up, at some point in the future, looking like a variant of
that then - human beings?
Embedded in this
lack of respect for other cultures is a barely concealed racism.
that's what our favourite thugs Mugabe and Mahatir have been telling us
all along. If only we had listened.
The fallacy of "libertarian socialism"
De Havilland dissects this ludicrous ideology in a masterful fashion.
If you're interested in LIbertarian issues, give it a read.
I'm arguing about the anti-war movement again
the Aus Libertarian
forum, and read the "...and Norway?" thread. The ALS
dinners are a lot like this actually: steak, beer and arguing for
bloody hours. Kinda fun really.
has the good stuff
Parker has a good post on
the screeching hypocrisy of a Labor Hollingworth critic. He also points
to and comments on a letter at Slatt's
place, from an ex-Labor worker discussing the appalling Queensland
Premier Peter Beattie's rather curious lack of effort in comdemning infamous
Labor child-rapist Keith Wright.
myself a bunch of DVDs recently...........
good espionage/action thriller, with the exception of the inclusion of
the all-too-common ballet-kung-fu sequences. Doesn't anyone have real
fights in movies anymore? I've had enough of this pansy Matrix-style
I'm a sucker for this sort of spy/action/conspiracy flick. Guns, European
cities, car chases and babes. What more do you want?
this is one of the biggest pieces of crap ever made. Computers and Zombies
run amok in some underground research facility...or something. Highlander
2 had a better script than this shitpile.
get me wrong, I love a good B-movie, but this is an F. I've seen episodes
of Sesame Street with more tension. And the sets could have been
dragged in from old Dr. Who episodes.
has one big plus: Milla Jovovich not wearing many clothes.
this, my friends, is how you make a B-movie: by getting good actors,
a good budget, and making it like an A-movie. Essentially, the world of
the early 21st century is overrun by dragons. Director Rob Bowman (X-Files)
does a top-notch job of creating the post-apocalyse atmosphere. Christian
Bale plays the noble hero well.
dragons look great. Could have used more dragon-silhouette-against-the-sunset
shots to create a real end-of-the-world feel, but otherwise, the top-notch
production values and playing-it-like-drama direction make this nutty
B-story a massively entertaining experience.
those dragons are bad motherfuckers.....
Ali is back, and he's still
blaming the west for everything.
Shock: Sanctions NOT to blame for Iraqi deaths
to Damian Penny for the heads-up
Under the sanctions
regime, "We had the ability to get all the drugs we needed,"
said Ibn Al-Baladi's chief resident, Dr. Hussein Shihab. "Instead
of that, Saddam Hussein spent all the money on his military force and
put all the fault on the USA. Yes, of course the sanctions hurt - but
not too much, because we are a rich country and we have the ability
to get everything we can by money. But instead, he spent it on his palaces."
Hussein, he's the murderer, not the UN," said Dr. Azhar Abdul Khadem,
a resident at the Al-Alwiya maternity hospital in Baghdad.
this will stop Pilger, Fisk, Bob Brown and every other leftie scuzball
from peddling the same old lies.
It's about bloody time
Blair Blog Project has finally
In case you didn't see it
at Sasha's site, I posted a report of what
I got up to last weekend in Sydney.
Boobies in the sun
gotta love tourists.
It's safe to come out now boys
Singh and Greg Norman can
now unshrivel their dicks.
over at Silent Running mounts
a defence of Danny's Glover's right to free speech. I remarked (in
the comments section below the post) that Glover hasn't had his rights
infringed in the slightest.
gives us a fine
post about leftist apoplexy over the coming visit to Aus by President
I also predict
comparisons will be made between John Howard and Harold Holt, who was
supportive of the United States over Vietnam. In the demonography of
the Australian Left, his "All the way with LBJ" stance was
a humiliating loss of sovregnity, a sycophantic suck-up.
Of course, any
support of the United States is a humiliating loss of independence,
while having Gareth Evan slither under the doors of assorted Asian despots
with a tube of KY jelly in his hands and a willing look in his eye is
an example of rugged self-reliance.
Guardian economics 101
a stunner of pure stupidity.
collect too much of this stuff... it's like evil man!!
Kettle opens by wringing his hands and asking three really deep questions:
in every European country faces the same three great challenges.
- The first is how to respond to the unique power of the US.
- The second is how to cope with the effects of large-scale international
- And the third is what to do about deepening economic inequality.
May I take a stab
at these, tovarich?
1- Forget the USA
and get on with your own life, you sad farts.
2- Stop fundamentalist Muslims from entering your countries.
3- Um, gee, perhaps try reducing government interference and trying some
good old market-style liberalisation?
Hmm, maybe not. Buying
into the usual leftist delusion that earnings are somehow arbitrarily
determined by some evil moneyed cabal, Martin comes up with a really
bright idea: set
a cap on executive salaries.
sound confident enough when they tell Labour audiences of their pride
in having introduced a national minimum wage. But if someone suggested
to them that they should introduce a national maximum wage as well,
they would think the idea was madness. If you asked a minister to say
whether there was a moral or a rational case for anyone to earn less
than £2 an hour, they would know exactly what to say. But if you
turned the question round and asked whether there was a moral or rational
case for anyone to earn more than, say, £250,000 a year, they
would dismiss the idea as ridiculous.
idea fartknuckle: watch companies and talented aspirational individuals
leave your shores, investment plummet and lots of your precious minimum
wage workers suddenly not earning a minimum wage anymore. This would be
followed by an outbreak of non-consumption, a resulting collapse in businesses
nationwide, even more unemployment, a crippling welfare bill, an obliterated
private sector, and pretty much no way of digging yourself out of your
nice little ideologically-correct shit pit.
you can be free to enjoy economic equality - Pyongyang style.
we've all been waiting for. My Blog Awards.
They are mercifully brief.
solo blog: Damian Penny
Best group blog: Samizdata
Best weird blog: Hot
Best cranky bastard: Kim Du Toit
blog overall: Samizdata
you for watching. The award winners may leave their brown envelopes at
Random movie lists
you probably haven't seen but should
wrath of God
speaking of his grandiose dreams of world conquest to a raft full of
small monkeys - one of the classic images of modern cinema.
of the Civil Dead
The most disturbing
prison movie ever made. Makes Midnight Express look like the
Playboy mansion. Unfortunately, someone decided to cast Nick Cave in
The Hot Spot
A film-noir almost
nobody saw, which given the presence of Don Johnson isn't that surprising.
Set in a blazing hot, small Texas town, Johnson's drifter gets caught
up in a world of hot babes, robbery, dumb cops and the wonderfully sleazy
everyone reading this probably hated but which I liked
acclaimed movies which made me go "huh?"
Wonder Boys - still liked it, but fuck knows what it was supposed
to be about.
Anything in the godawful Three Colours trilogy.
Paris, Texas - 2+ hours of living death. Bony weirdo wanders the desert
with meaningful expressions on his face. Preferable to a colonoscopy...just.
crossover I'd like to see
Guns vs. The Wild Bunch
Dutch and the Gorch brothers would have turned those whiny, pansy-assed
brat-packers into fertilizer.
Divas on parade
getting as tired of professional sports wussy-men as I am?
Hewitt screams incessantly at officials to blow off steam from the pressures
of earning millions of dollars for hitting a little yellow ball around.
Oh, what labours.
McGrath explodes when the West Indian batsman makes a joke about his wife's
cancer. A ghastly thing to be sure, yet McGrath had no problem with hurling
his own foul-mouthed adolescent abuse for hours beforehand, or
during pretty much any other game where any batsman has the temerity to
belt him all over the park. Yet when it's fired back at him, McGrath -
the big baby - throws a tantrum.
of all, Greg Norman and Vijay Singh - two of the many incredibly boring
and filthy rich slobs of the pro-golf scene (the most overpaid wussies
in the world of sport) are
going apeshit about having to play with a girl. Guess their manhood
must feel challenged.
you all treat yourselves to some fruit baskets, you pansies.
The Free Canadian
best solo-blogger finally has his
own site. Go and enjoy.
of the day
to Murderville" is predictably leading to more dead Israelis. Every
time there is another push towards peace, Palestinian terrorists desperately
start murdering Israelis in an effort to thwart the process. That's
But, here's the
obvious truth so many people don't want to accept -- the Palestinians
don't want peace.
New columnist at The Green Left Weekly
COMMIE = ONE BULLET
to the Eco-psychos' latest star columnist: Fidel
most beloved mass-murderer makes this rather interesting claim:
In our country
there are no paramilitary forces or death squads, nor has violence ever
been used against the people; there are no extrajudicial executions
pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the greens, doesn't
The world's dullest blog
is pretty dull.
I've seen worse. Tim Dunlop for instance.
It's about time
Bob Carr has announced a four-year
trial for medically prescribed cannabis.
if our illiberal federal government will stick their wretched, intrusive
noses into this trial as well.
Bloggers go to greener pastures
Sims doesn't screw around when it comes to a career change, he's
going to manage a coffee shop in Turkey.
Jason Soon is London-bound. Make sure to hook up with the Samizdata
gang while you're there mano.....
of luck to both of them.
haven't already, read Bill
Whittle's latest brilliant essay. UFOs, magic, monsters, Noam Chomsky
and Michael Moore all star in this commentary on modern irrationality.
We won, get over it
Labor slimy bitch Carmen Lawrence is
still whinging about the war.
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