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The next time you
hear some dickhead tell you that George W. Bush is just like Adolf Hitler,
print out this
post, wrap it around a cricket bat and smash their skull in with it.
The World Snoozebike Championship
The once-great World
Superbike Championship got underway in Spain last weekend, and if the
action was anything to go by, this year's competition will rival Formula
1 for sheer, processional boredom. As expected, the Ducatis dominated.
Of course, it's mostly Ducatis out there, the other factories having abandoned
Superbike is dead.
Long live MotoGP.
The madness is upon their minds
Here's some of the
more interesting..er.."thoughts" from this week's edition of
the Green Left Weekly....
John Pilger gives
us his deep thoughts on the Redfern Black Racist Dickheads eruption:
On a hot Saturday
morning, 17-year-old Thomas TJ Hickey was impaled on a metal
picket fence in circumstances which the police, politicians and journalists
say are in dispute. There is no dispute in the block. TJ
was being chased by police, or at the very least riding his bike as
fast as he could to get away from a provocatively cruising police car.
There is no dispute,
because every Aboriginal youth in the block, and in every city and town
in Australia, can expect to be harassed incessantly by police.
You have to admire
his craft with words: he makes a young idiot having a bicycle accident
a result of a murderous grand racist conspiracy of nasty white people.
He can provide no evidence of course, but that's so terribly old-fashioned.
Pilger goes on to give us some Richard Neville-grade nuttiness in discussing
historian Keith Windschuttle (I've emphasised my favourite parts):
has been the darling of an influential group
of white supremacists, who buzz around the far-right magazine
Quadrant (once funded by the CIA).
They deploy their arguments in a manner not dissimilar to the
way David Irving used his history texts to promote Holocaust denial,
with the difference that they have been given generous space and tacit
support in the press.
We can see why Pilger
is so beloved by the left. Unable to refute anything Windschuttle has
actually written, he shrieks about unspecified "white supremacists",
CIA conspiracies and holocaust denial. Most writers would have to be up
to their eyebrows in chemical refreshment to write this gibberish.
And on that note,
we visit Tariq
Ali, who is doing what he does best: apologising for homicidal lunatics:
More than 50
people died on February 2 alone, when a car bomb ripped through Iraqis
queuing to join the police force.
The US military
blamed al Qaeda loyalists and foreign militants for this and other suicide
bombings. But occupations are usually ugly. How then can resistance
In Vichy France
and occupied Yugoslavia and later in Vietnam, Algeria, Guinea and Angola,
collaborators were regularly targeted. Then, as in Iraq today, the resistance
was denounced by politicians and the tame press as terrorists.
When the occupying armies withdrew and the violence ceased, many of
the terrorists became statesmen.
he a popular commentator with the left.
Indigenous activist Sam Watson offers
some intelligent observations about Redfern:
that the incident had exposed the lies and half-truths, all the
bullshit about the Coalition governments brand of social experimentation.
Aboriginal people, he said, had been marginalised, terrorised,
oppressed and hunted under PM John Howard.
Aboriginal person in this land now knows that the
massacres and murders are still going on, he said.
why were having a mass community meeting so that we can
organise after-hours patrols of our community to monitor the safety
and security of our young people.
Watson is scathing
about the police, arguing that they harass not only black people, but
protesters: Theres no safe place
in Australia. All police forces are party to this horrendous campaign
to crush and destroy any form of dissent.
The cops can
kill an Aboriginal child tonight and they can walk away scot free. If
any member of the public goes and knocks off a cop theyll be dead
in a couple of hours. What we have is a regime
of terror and brutal repression designed to entrench the ruling class
and deny ordinary working-class people any rights at all.
This explains the
brutal non-arrest of Watson, and the hasn't-happened-yet bombing the Green
North Korea: the ninth level of Hell
Thanks muchly to Damian
Penny for pointing
If you want to
hear "hate" coming out of the mouths of school kids, go to
the schools of North Korea, as a Dutch television crew did, and you'll
hear hate from that country's teenagers directed at the United States.
reporters rarely get into North Korea, but remarkably they let a Dutch
television crew in to see how they're using Holland's most famous book,
The Diary of Anne Frank.
That diary, of
her life in hiding during World War II, is now being studied in North
Korea's schools. But Anne Frank's plea for peace and freedom got lost
North Korea is
using her diary, not to teach how Anne suffered at the hands of the
German Nazis, but to warn the students how they could suffer at the
hands of those they call "American Nazis."
A few nights ago I
saw a BBC documentary on North Korea. The crew was - at every second -
shadowed by their government approved "tour guides". The food
they were eating in the hotels was the best available, yet it looked like
a collection of scraps from a dumpster.
The TV showed only
one channel - government propaganda. The book stores only stocked books
written by or about The Great Leader. Every billboard showed the face
of The Great Leader. Every piece of art - every single piece of
it - was either a picture of The Great Leader or a missile hitting the
United States. The "museums" told stories of how The Great Leader
single-handedly defeated Americans in the Korean war, and all the exhibits
were captured military equipment.
The statues in Pyongyang
were all focused around The Great Leader, where visiting foreigners could
pay for the privilege of laying flowers at the foot of the statue, then
bow in respect.
Few buildings had
lights or air conditioning which worked. The only farms they were shown
were carefully prepared, with clean dwellings for the workers, but where
nothing in particular seemed to be growing, where young girls sang songs
for the visiting Brits, all of which - of course - were about The Great
Leader. Out in the "farming" region, the only vehicles on the
road were the ones carrying soldiers and weapons.
From their high hotel
balcony in Pyongyang, they could see people scavenging for food
scraps in the grass near the river. The entire city looked like
a tomb. There were few cars in the streets, no people out shopping, no
kids playing in the parks, in fact, no sign of life or activity at all.
The only people they talked to droned on like zombies about the godlike
As they flew out of
this nightmare, the reporter encountered an American aid worker who had
just spent two weeks in prison for telling a joke about the great
Of course, the reporter
could not visit the concentration camps where thousands are exterminated
every year, the torture chambers, the regions of the country where millions
are now starving. Not that there's any doubt these things exist - if the
government-approved tour of the lifeless totalitarian sewer of Pyongyang
was the best that North Korea could show, the rest of the country must
truly be living in the lowest depths of hell.
Of course, it's just
not sophisticated to call the North Korean regime "evil" is
it? John Pilger, Richard Neville and Robert Fisk never criticise the North
Koreans, because the USA and capitalist democracies are what must be feared
(they export their imperialist hamburgers and footwear to ignorant savages
the world over).
I remember reading
an issue of the Socialist Worker
just after Kim Il Sung died. That magazine - which regularly labels the
USA, Australia and Israel as racist, murderous lunatic nations - sent
a message of condolence to the North Korean people over their terrible
I've been saying for
a while now that the leftist filth who sympathise with the North Korean
regime, with Fidel Castro, who wear Che Guevara t-shirts, who label Dubya
as the new Hitler, who write for The Green Left Weekly, that these
people are - morally speaking - exactly the same as the
Gestapo squads who rounded up Jews in Europe.
Communists. Such lovely
Subject: Your amazing site.
I just had to email and say, your values amd opinions are straight out
of a box of cereal, they are tiresome, not particulary insightfull or
even well expressed.
Your site is a mirror of your own fear and ignorance.
cranky letter to the USA
For fuck's sake, don't
you people have more important things to worry about than Janet Jackson's
tit and gay marriages?
As a person who has
the greatest admiration for the USA, let me offer some constructive criticism:
guys defeated communism and helped win a world war. You got that way by
having a powerful capitalist system, a strong, optimistic national identity
and a willingness to focus and go and bomb the shit out of the bad guys.
Got that? Good.
country isn't going to be destroyed by boobs on TV or homosexual marriages.
There are actually much more important things to be worried about right
now: like certain groups of people who are trying
to figure out how to detonate a fucking nuclear device or release a bioplague
on American soil.
Janet Jackson's ugly
tits don't matter. Bullshit hetero-only principles of 'family values'
don't matter. Mel Gibson's Jesus movie doesn't matter. The stupid-as-fuck
"war against drugs" doesn't matter.
There are people out
there - right now - who are tying to kill you, you dig?
Go drink a beer and
stop acting like such fucking assclowns already.
Sex & The City
I'm glad to see that
that show is a pile of crap as well.
Left does Redfern
riot by mindless, violent thugs has not surprisingly gained the whole
hearted support of The Green Left Weekly.
The day of TJs
death, community members allege police drove up and down the block,
taunting people over the death, racially abusing them and inflaming
grieving relatives and local youth.
The police presence
and patrols increased throughout the day. At around 4pm, the police
began to close down streets surrounding the residential block. Local
young people began throwing rocks, venting anger built up over years
of police brutality and harassment.
Hundreds of riot
police with dogs were deployed to take control of the streets. The Aboriginal
community, led mostly by youths who had known TJ, mobilised to stop
Wow, those heroes,
mobilising to stop the evil whiteys invading and doing whatever it is
whiteys are supposed to do (like handing over their tax dollars maybe).
And in a development
which really says it all, our Green dweebs happily report that the South-West
Sydney Islamoloons are endorsing the actions of their oppressed brothers:
living in Sydney's south-west, regularly targeted by the state ALP governments
law and order and anti-terrorist policing, have
seen the Redfern Block's resistance as an inspiration.
How proud they must
be. Maybe the rape gangs will start throwing Molotov cocktails too?
the police treat young people, especially youth of colour, is pretty
much the same in Redfern as it is in Bankstown, 26-year-old Bankstown
resident and Palestinian activist
Rihab Charida told Green Left Weekly. They intimidate and harass
us whether we've committed crimes or not.
And I bet Rihab probably
can't come up with any harrassment other than cops arresting nice Bankstown
folk who have actually committed crimes.
They also link to
the website of "The
Block", which advocates "Genocide Prevention", which
is a well-known non-existent problem in Australia.
Elsewhere in this
week's bulletin, a bunch of freaks tell us how
wonderful life in Cuba is, especially for
concentration camp inmates
Islamic insanity, vol.28682457263476291711741803
A northern Islamic
state in Nigeria that is at the heart of a spreading Africa polio outbreak
declared Sunday it would not relent on its boycott of a mass vaccination
program which it called a
U.S. plot to spread AIDS and infertility among Muslims.
And muslims wonder
why they have an image problem.
Kev Gillett defends
the Aus gov's decision to purchase the massive American Abrams tanks
to replace our ageing Leopards.
The worst show on TV?
hates The Bill.
I have to agree. I've
seen better acting in high school drama productions, and better scripts
in Neighbours. I can only assume the show is used as a kind of
dramaturgical vacuum cleaner: used to suck up Britain's most talentless
actors and writers. I'd watch Days of Our Lives over this bilge
any day of the week.
I hate hot weather.
Thank you. At least it cooled down today. I hope it lasts.
Wot she sed
Emily Jones and I
are in complete agreement: Ann
A deep political question for my American readers
Is it just me, or
does John Kerry look like one of The Munsters?
Fat people and crazy muslims
Alan Anderson rips
into a psychotic new piece of "fat
tax" legislation in the UK (don't laugh, you can bet your ass
that Labor will try it here in the next few years), and the "kill
the infidels" ravings of Paul Keating's psycho Islamic friend,
Shiek Hilaly (why, oh why hasn't this piece of shit been deported yet?).
Freshly polished Dick
Neville has spruced-up his website. His bio
page has a picture which really says it all.
In case you missed
it, a couple of nights ago, a bunch
of brain-dead assholes went on a rampage in Redfern, Sydney, because
some stupid kid crashed his bicycle and died (there was a police car in
the area at the time, which means - of course - the cops "murdered"
In today's Sydney
Morning Herald, Ray
Minniecon wrote a truly inane piece, claiming it's all whitey's fault
for not understanding the true nature of urban Aboriginality or something.
A mess of bad history, neo-pagan spiritual drool, racist essentialism,
cultural stereotyping and general idiocy.
For me as an
Aboriginal person Redfern is a place where one can interact with a powerful
collective will to struggle against imperial forces that continue to
interfere with - and endeavour to reinterpret our history - our identity,
and our future prospects from a very different colonial perspective.
What can you even
say to this nonsense? Vague blather about "imperial forces"
might impress the likes of Phillip Adams and Richard Neville, but that
doesn't make it mean anything.
We are one of
the oldest cultures on Earth, yet in the heart of the city we are still
so very young and tender in our attempts to adjust, manage and control
our affairs within the fast-moving pace of city life.
following. For 50,000 years we have never had any desire or reason to
build cities, let alone live in them. For 50,000 years we have never
had any desire or reason to develop a market economy based on a complex
centralised value system we call money. For 50,000 years we had no need
for complex organisational structures.
been doing anything for 50,000 years. You haven't been around that
long. You are part of urban australia, with the same rights, responsibilities
and opportunities as everyone else. So I must draw the conclusion that
these grand historical narratives are a load of balls. Don't peg yourself
to a history which you have had no connection with, just on the basis
of your skin colour.
For almost 200
years we were locked away from the new Australia that was built on our
lands without our input by these systems. And it has only been in the
past 40 years (remember 1967) that we have been rightly given the opportunity
to discover what the new builders have done with our country and our
Yes, terrible, but
how does it affect you? How does it excuse mindless violence? Why don't
all other Australians in similar urban settings behave like this then?
people, the most important value that we possess is relationships. We
live to relate to each other in the right way. We yearn to relate to
our land in the right way. And we desire to relate to the spirit world
in the right way.
The abuse excuse:
we have to get drunk and throw Molotov cocktails, because we're abbos.
You're in the real world now pal. You have rights and opportunities: how
about making something of them instead of blaming whitey for alcoholism
A lot of people from
many countries have made lives for themselves in Australia - they've done
it through work and creating a space for themselves in a land that really
is alien to them. Many "white" Australians from dirt-poor
backgrounds have improved themselves. Why can't the thugs in Redfern do
the same? Maybe it sounds too much like hard work. And when they've got
fools like Minniecon rationalising every instance of bad behaviour, there's
even less incentive to fix things.
Minniecon, like Marcia
Langton, like Geoff Clark and many others, infantalises Aboriginality
to the degree where it become a self-fulfilling case of self-impotence.
To hell with these
worthless race gangsters. Forget The Evil John Howard, if anyone is causing
cultural genocide, it's the likes of Minniecon.
wrong with this picture?
How much lower can
this bastard stoop?
The increasingly creepy
Richard Neville has posted this
picture - supposedly of the bombing of the Baghdad suburb of Shuale
- with the caption "9,500 Iraqi civilians killed; John Howard has
Richard used these
awful images to accompany some emotive blubber:
maintained that the blast must have been caused by Iraqi anti aircraft
fire, while the locals said they saw an American plane overhead and
a sliver of silver. Fisk managed to get his hands on a smoldering fragment
of the bomb, which displayed a 12 digit serial number, as well as another
number, ending 96214. Fisk published these codes in his UK newspaper,
The Independent, available Online. Hours later, the citizens of the
net had sourced this missile to a plant in McKinney, Texas.
This plant is
owned by the one of the worlds biggest arms suppliers, and a favourite
of own Defence Force, Raytheon.
click of the mouse, I discovered that one week after the superior solution
was dished out to the people of Shuale, the then chairman & CEO
of Raytheon, Daniel P Burnham was actually in Canberra, Australia, where
he addressed the National Press Club.
As far as I can
ascertain, during the question time, not one member the Press Club audience
was discourteous enough to ask the Chairman of Raytheon how he felt
about the accuracy of missile 96214.
A pity noone has yet
asked Richard about the accuracy of the picture he used with this story.
I remembered seeing
this picture before: the child on the left is an Israeli, who
was badly injured when some Palestinian scumbag blew
up a bus in Jerusalem. One of a long line of similar atrocities Richard
has little interest in, except where the pics of Jewish victims of Islamic
terror can be used as fake pictures of American terror.
What was that about
More........... Richard Neville discovers "the internet"
Other than faked-up
photo montages, Dick gives us another
unhinged essay, encompassing the evils of inhuman telephony services,
and Richard finally becoming aware of the existence of this thing called
Some time later
my wife returned from the journey a changed woman, realising that her
identity was no longer confined to a single location
or category. She had become postmodern woman. Her writings, her name,
her reputation, she realised, all floated around in cyberspace, unbounded.
Her sense of self had suddenly become globalised. She was now a citizen
of the net.
And all us of
here tonight, are we too citizens of the net? Sure we are. But what
kind of citizens? Are we passive
and inert, part of a vast sleepwalking
target market, or are we active, globalised and engaged?
Most of us are sane
people with a PC and a telephone line.
Richard goes on to
tell us why this internet thing is really, really important, by linking
it with the stinky "we hate capitalism and democracy"-fest in
The reason I
flew off to Bombay at short notice and at some cost, was to attend what
turned out to be one of the most amazing events of my life. It was like
a world music Woodstock without the mud, and the Nimbin Aquarius Festival
without the pot.
In other words, being
surrounded by ugly hippies without loud music or pot to ease the pain.
This vast hothouse
of dissent & social justice dreaming hit the headlines in the Times
of India, and sparked debates on Asian TV. Lets conduct a little
test. How many of you here have ever heard of the World Social Forum?
Lets see a show of hands. (In an audience of 400, about a dozen
hands are raised.)
An odd question to
ask his audience, seeing as he can't stop talking about it.
How many of you
have heard of another event , which took place at the same time - the
World Economic Forum at Davos? (A 90% show of hands).
Er, I hadn't actually.
Even though this
event attracts less of a crowd and fewer original thinkers & social
(They were people
with jobs then)
hands are a sign of the times. It confirms the triumph of economic man,
homo economistus, who now stands proud on top of the rubble of a world
at war, a world reeling from social injustice and one in the throes
of an eco calamity.
A world with now fewer
tyrants, less poverty, a non-greenhouse climate and more wealth than at
any time in history. Richard liked it better when the Soviets were killing
everyone with their peaceful, non-corrupt culture of conquest.
In the West,
the World Economic Forum is front page news, day after day, while the
World Social Forum is barely a footnote.
Is this Australia
in the 21st century - so multicultural in the food halls, so myopic
in its global vision?
Somone can't tell
the difference between knowing something is there, and actually
caring about it.
Out in the big
wide world, theres actually something shifting in the wind, a
new mood pushing at the edge of our awareness. What could it be?
My guess is, we can
smell all the Forum-goers coming home from Bombay. Why couldn't you have
stayed there if you were so damned happy?
Richard lets us know
how ignorant and stupid we all are, and why we really need this internet
So how come the
global sample of Social Forum awareness is so much out of kilter with
the awareness of it in this group? A minute ago you were all riding
high, imaging yourself to be worldly wise & informed citizens served
well by your media but no a huge event of global significance
passed you by, glued as you are to the information systems controlled
by homo economistus, our non diverse and highly homogenised corporate
Or maybe, just
maybe, few of us care about a bunch of brain-dead, whinging dorks
who want us all to live in the forest and make love to ferns.
Dear Richard, get
this through you fucking head, once and for all:
We have not been deprived
of your wonderful societal vision through censorship, or the Nazi Howard
government, or the Americans, or McDonalds, or the nasty capitalist media.
There is no vicious
cabal trying to squish your dissent. We are not brainwashed.
We know where to look
for the lunacy and lies you and your deranged ilk are peddling. We can
go read Indymedia, we can buy John Pilger's books, we can read Michael
Moore, we can read your website. And that Internet thing you've just discovered
which will lead to our intellectual awakening? We've been using it for
KNOW ABOUT YOUR IDEAS, WE JUST HAPPEN TO THINK YOU'RE AN IDIOT.
It's my birthday tomorrow.
Show me your devotion by buying me something.
If you're very rich
and crazy, a Nissan 350z (just
to make Tim Blair jealous), Toyota
f250 or a Holden
Cross8 would be much appreciated.
For my non-rich readers,
a gift certificate from these
folks would be great.
Failing that, send
me an e-card with naked pictures of Katherine Heigl.
to emigrate: Hugh Mackay to construct a better Canberra
Last week, a
truly horrifying government policy was announced:
The ACT Government
has announced it will reduce long- term unemployment, target poverty
and tackle childhood health and education over the next nine years,
through the implementation of Building our Community - The Canberra
Social Plan, issued yesterday.
Whenever I hear government
and community together, I want to reach for my shotgun. The last
thing a community needs is more goddamned government. Huge, wasteful spending
on feelgood programs. Oh joy. There was more.....
has defined seven social priorities to be addressed over 10 to 15 years
- economic opportunity for all Canberrans, respect, diversity
and human rights, a safe, strong and cohesive community,
improved health and well-being, and to lead Australia in education,
training and life-long learning.
This means we can
looking forward to "hate speech" laws, loony lands rights claims,
crime-ridden public housing projects, some kind of anti-fast-food laws,
and lots more spending on pretty much everything.
Ghastly as that news
was, what came later was infinitely worse:
It will also
establish a Community Inclusion Fund, in a bid to attack the causes
of poverty and exclusion, to be implemented by a Community Inclusion
Board chaired by social researcher Hugh Mackay.
Oh. My. God.
Mackay, the genius 'social researcher' who's stunning insights into
Australian life resemble high school bog graffiti: young people like
to hang out in groups, the Americans will kill us all, people who
don't vote Labor are selfish nazis, terrorism makes people worry
quite a lot, and mobile phones are really, really popular.
This snivelling wimp,
this blithering lefitst conspiratorial imbecile, is going to have a position
of political influence in my city, to going to help determine government
policy and the conduct of everyday life.
Oh Great Satan, get
me the fuck out of here.........
Future ethnic cleansing
Du Toit brings us a report of disturbing rumours among South Africans
of an ethnic holocaust once Mandela dies.
You can bet that if
it happened, the left would turn a blind eye, the rest of Africa would
applaud and Kofi Annan would announce how very, very concerned
Fearless Islamic Warriors
I saw that the brave
Iraqi "resistance" have
slaughtered 44 unemployed job-seekers. Must be part of that whole
"sticking up for Iraqis against the evil invaders" thingy.
Pilger, Fisk and The
Green Left Weekly are no doubt already figuring out reasons why Israel
and the USA are responsible for this.
really, really want a Mazda 6, especially the yummy sports-hatch version.
can keep your RX-8. It does nada for me.
I thought they just made you fart
...and stupid quote
of the day comes from the Socialist
Worker, discussing white Australian racism:
plea for baked beans during a tour of India says
as much about the Australian mentality as his dietary habits.
This is the kind of
Deep Political Analysis only commies are brave enough to give us.
Elsewhere in this
The two dopes
jailed for vandalising the Sydney Opera House were
apparently jailed for "political protest"
As usual, our
idiot commie friends are confusing conference
majorities with popular opinion regarding illegal immigrants:
Latham and the
factional strongarms used the full force of the party machine to crush
the wishes of the conference majority.
Gosh, he's acting
like a democrat. The horror.
If I wind up on the
same plane as this
fucking nutjob, I'm gonna try to take him out ASAP:
An American Airlines
pilot asked Christians on his flight to identify themselves and suggested
the non-Christians discuss the faith with them, the airline said.
The case was
handed over to the airline's personnel department for an investigation,
spokesman Tim Wagner said today.
along the lines of a personal level of sharing that may not be appropriate
for one of our employees to do while on the job," he said earlier.
34 was headed from Los Angeles to New York's John F Kennedy Airport
on Friday when the pilot asked Christians on board to raise their hands,
The pilot, whose
name was not released, told the airline that he then suggested the other
passengers use the flight time to talk to the Christians about their
faith, Wagner said.
Nelligan told WCBS-TV of New York that the pilot called non-Christians
"crazy" and that his comments "felt like a threat".
She said she and several others aboard were so worried they tried to
call relatives on their cell phones before flight attendants assured
them they were safe and that people on the ground had been notified
about the pilot's comments.
This fella is in some
serious need of on-the-job training.
Nice, lovely communists
You know, when I read
this, I comfort myself my remembering that the USA and Israel are
much, much worse:
in 1998 were that as many as 800,000 people were dying in North Korea
each year from starvation and malnutrition caused by Kim's ruthless
and irrational policies. World Vision, a Christian relief organization,
calculated that 1 million to 2 million North Koreans had been killed
by "a full-scale famine" largely of Pyongyang's creation.
men, women, and children are held in these slave-labor camps; hundreds
of thousands of others have perished in them over the years. Some of
the camps are so hellish that 20 percent or more of their prisoners
die from torture and abuse each year. The dead can be of any age: North
Korea's longstanding policy is to imprison not only those accused of
such "crimes" as practicing Christianity or complaining about
North Korean life, but their entire families, including grandparents
who spent seven years in another North Korean camp, described the use
of prisoners as guinea pigs for biochemical weapons.
ordered me to select 50 healthy female prisoners," she testified.
"One of the guards handed me a basket full of soaked cabbage, told
me not to eat it, but to give it to the 50 women. I gave them out and
heard a scream. . . . They were all screaming and vomiting blood. All
who ate the cabbage leaves started violently vomiting blood and screaming
with pain. It was hell. In less than 20 minutes, they were dead."
Poisoned food. Torture. The murder of whole families. Massive death
tolls. How much more do we need to know about North Korea's crimes before
we act to stop them? How many more victims will be fed into the gas
chambers before we cry out "never again!" -- and mean it?
Of course, it is nasty
and unsophisticated to refer to North Korea as "evil".
Filthy communist bastards.
The legacy of Lennox
Good bit over at East
Side Boxing about where newly-retired heavyweight champ Lennox Lewis
stands on the list of all-time greats.
Lennox is/was an odd
duck. A wild and sloppy boxer in his early years, he matured into a great
fighter in his thirties. If
he could have overcome his occasionally sloppy discipline and lazy ego,
he might have made it to the top off the all-time greats list.
of the day
I noticed that
244 devout Muslims were killed in a stampede while on Hadj. [...]
One thing is
for sure: the CIA probably caused it. We know they sent secret messages
to all the Texans on the Hadj, so that none of them were killed. We
know this because no Texans were among the dead, and because a grad
student in Brazil told us so.
the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza:
There is no strategic
reason why Israel should be building settlements in Gaza, and considering
the resources put into maintaining them, I think Israel is doing the
right thing. But if the Israelis think this will somehow turn international
public opinion in their favor, they're sadly mistaken. Pulling out of
Lebanon didn't help them - to Arabs (and the likes of Robert Fisk) the
"legacy of Israeli occupation" is responsible for all of Lebanon's
problems, and pay no attention to a civil war which raged for 7 years
before the IDF showed up. Or the current Syrian occupation. Or the fact
that southern Lebanon has been turned into a de facto Hazbollah statelet.
pull out of Gaza, and nothing will change. They can retreat to the 1967
borders altogether, and nothing will change. The Arabs want Israel destroyed,
period - and most of the world really couldn't care less.
animated cadaver is reporting from the World Commie Forum in India.
Maybe the six
week break between these entries was as much of a relief to you as it
was to me. How sick I was in December at the sound of my impotent fury.
reports on the exciting events:
For five days
100,000 delegates from all over the world crammed into vast, dusty exhibition
grounds on the outskirts of Bombay, united in the dream that Another
World is Possible.
Oh thank God these
guys are on the case. I was getting so sick of modernity.
It was a non
stop festival of singing, dancing and street theatre, with no Big Brother
or revolutionary elite, no corporate sponsors, no imposed vision. In
the thick of the crowds for several days I didnt witness a single
act of drunkenness or bad behaviour, (apart from two dreadlocked media
reps), not even when delegates turned back the delivery trucks from
Sweet jesus, I'd hate
to get stuck in an elevator with this lot. You'd spend two hours discussing
It was a riot
of free speech and feisty debate.
Hey, sounds like Australia
There was even
a revolution against the revolutionaries, instigated by an aggrieved
phalanx of the disabled: Look us in the eyesraed the banners.
Most of all,
this was a solution-seeking celebration of ideas, of grass roots aspirations,
and a living, breathing demonstration of the massive, multi-cultural
yearning to turn the future into a friend, instead of a concentration
Except you're not
protesting against countries
which actually have concentration camps.
This hasty report
cannot do justice to the array of provocations lurking within the hundreds
of seminar tents, many of which could be regarded as weak signals
of oncoming issues of significance. Water, water everywhere, so much
of it privatised, re-branded and being pushed upmarket by multinationals,
who shut off the blue gold when payment is late.
Richard prefers people
to die of thirst. It's authentic.
of citizens over natural resources, food, plants, DNA and even the building
blocks of matter is slipping away.
Oh, and you must read
his next paragraph, which I'll not paste here. It's about poison
skin creams being sold by the Pentagon.
You just can't make
this shit up.
Richard's finale is
the usual we're-going-to-die gloomism:
Deep down I realise
the forum will not change the world in a flash, that the gap between
rich and poor is widening.....
Never mind that there
are less poor, and many of them are getting wealthier.
or later we are all stuck behind the sink with a mortgage, watching
friends being carted off to chemotherapy....
Neville is horrified
by home ownership and modern medicine. Does this man have even the slightest
shred of sanity left?
comrades are cajoled by a cynical media into fussing over the contours
of Nicole Kidmans lips, or is it her hips, turning our backs on
our past, settling for the shopping religion, reeling from gadget envy
. no longer bemused by the wrinkled ex dope dealers offers
of bulk Viagra & Prozac , no longer amazed by promotions of IBIZA
HIPPIE CHIC the new perfume by ESCADA happy, wild, crazy, energetic,
excessive, trendy. And meaningless. Weve lost the Balearic
isles, weve lost Byron Bay. Can Brave New World be far behind?
Not if the World
Social Forum can help it.
So, they're going
to: stop the spread of drinkable water in the third world, prevent people
from wearing sun cream, ban home ownership and cancer treatments. Not
quite sure what the point of this is, but you can bet the explanation
contains the words America, NeoCons, Israel, McDonalds
Richard Neville -
poverty and charity: a libertarian view
In the discussion
forum on the ALS site, John Humphreys
gives an excellent,
super-brief guide to a libertarian position on welfare and personal
A new consideration
Been thinking more
about 4-wheeled vehicle purchases, and I gotta say the Subaru
Impreza RS looks like damn good value.
Punchy engine, fine
handling, build quality, cruise control and the traction of all-wheel
Anyone out there got
an opinion on these machines? (no, I'm not getting the WRX)
Again with the Green Left Weekly
This week's edition
of idiocy includes:
- Tony "SIEV-X"
Kevin, having seen his "Aus government murdered boat people"
conspiracies go nowhere, is now claiming that Aussie
SAS troops went on an "illegal killing spree".
- author Arundhati
Roy gives us some insane
ravings, involving thanksgiving turkey, genocide and racism:
That's how new
racism in the corporate era works. A few carefully bred turkeys
the local elites of various countries, a community of wealthy immigrants,
investment bankers, the occasional Colin Powell, or Condoleezza Rice,
some singers, some writers (like myself) are given absolution
and a pass to Frying Pan Park.
millions lose their jobs, are evicted from their homes, have their water
and electricity connections cut, and die of AIDS. Basically, they're
for the pot. But the fortunate fowls in Frying Pan Park are doing fine.
Some of them even work for the IMF and the World Trade Organisation
so who can accuse those organisations of being anti-turkey? Some
serve as board members on the Turkey Choosing Committee so who
can say that turkeys are against Thanksgiving? They participate in it!
Who can say the poor are anti-corporate globalisation? There's a stampede
to get into Frying Pan Park. So what if most perish on the way?
What the fuck?
- Middle-Eastern crime
gangs in Sydney are all just a big
nasty myth invented by shock jocks and biased law enforcement.
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