Y backs   30/6/2010

We were wrong if we thought Generation Y was thus named because they were always asking:
Y should I get a job?
Y should I leave home and find my own place?
Y should I get a car when I can borrow yours?
Y should I clean my room?
Y should I wash and iron my own clothes?
Y should I buy any food?
On all counts, close but no cigar. Here’s Y:

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Power trip   28/6/2010

Today’s Darwin Awards contender:

TALLADEGA — A Talladega man sustained burns over about 90 percent of his body after climbing a fence into an Alabama Power substation on Stephen J. White Memorial Blvd. early Friday morning.
Read more: The Daily Home – Man burned after climbing over fence into power substation

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Time on their hands   27/6/2010

They’re looking for austerity measures in Europe as nations are forced to admit they’ve been living beyond their means for decades.
Seems they could achieve considerable savings by taking an axe to that assemblage of idiotic empire-buiilders, the European Parliament.
This is the latest from the useless Euros:

British shoppers are to be banned from buying eggs by the dozen under new regulations approved by the European Parliament.
For the first time, eggs and ­other products such as oranges and bread rolls will be sold by weight instead of by the number contained in a packet.

Hmmm, a baker’s kilogram just doesn’t do it.

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Much ado about nothing to write home about   26/6/2010

Has there ever been so much gush about one very ordinary Marxist?

Do the chiefs of medialand share the view of Kevin Rudd’s ex-staffers that Australia is a nation of mugs that will believe anything as long as you keep piling it on?

Must admit to a wry cackle on learning the name of La Gillardine’s birthplace: The valley of the witch.

Strange, many average Oz married male mates say that Gillard will win the election because their wives will vote for her en masse simply because she is a woman.
It’s hard to think of a more sexist attitude. Yet suggest that to one of those women and they’ll look at you as if you’re from Mars.
No wonder we handle the maps.

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More than she could bare   25/6/2010

A Canadian woman has displayed her assets to combat a neighbourhood nuisance.

What allegedly happens when Al Gore suffers from woman-made gorebal warming:
“I squirmed to try and get out of his grasp, telling him to stop, don’t, several times and I finally told him and said, ‘You’re being a crazed sex poodle,’ hoping that he’d realize how weird he was being, yet he persisted.”

More Gore silliness here.

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Thinking of England   24/6/2010

Best part of Kevin Rudd’s farewell speech? No contest – after he recalled having a heart valve transplant, he offered that there was nothing like having a piece of someone else inside of you.
So he knew how the country felt and yet he kept doing it.
Gillard said the other day there was as much chance of her playing full-forward for the Bulldogs as taking the PM’s job.
Best early comment at the HS today was: In – Julia Gillard; Out – Barry Hall. Signed R. Eade of Footscray.
Bolta’s entitled to gloat.

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A fall too far?   12/6/2010

Gone? Or Lazarus locked out of the waiting room? He’s got two weeks if Andrew Bolt’s prediction is accurate.
It doesn’t get more damning than this:

And how the dynamics in the boardrooms have changed. I have been intimately involved in business and professional circles for the past 12 years. There has been no overt or ingrained anti-Laborism obvious. That all ended when Bob Hawke and Paul Keating introduced those pro-market, pro-competition reforms in the 1980s, reforms that were primarily responsible for changing Australia from “the white trash of Asia” (in Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew’s famous words) to the modern, resilient and dynamic economy that is the envy of the developed world.
But that has all changed dramatically. Labor is on the nose. It is seen as anti-business. Rudd is fast becoming an object of ridicule. Mark Latham’s diary excerpts are widely read and are most unflattering of Rudd. Who would have thought Rudd could have resurrected Latham?
The point is that all business feels insecure. He has not been able to confine the enemy to the resources sector.
I fear this will take a generation to pass.

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Regrets – he’s had a few   9/6/2010

The price for not holding your nerve:

Wayne, 76, was present at the birth of cool April 1, 1976: Co-founder, along with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, of Apple Computer Inc., Wayne designed the company’s original logo, wrote the manual for the Apple I computer and drafted the fledgling company’s partnership agreement.
That agreement gave him a 10 percent stake in Apple, which would be worth more than $22 billion today if Wayne had held onto it.
But he didn’t.
Afraid that Jobs’ wild spending and Wozniak’s recurrent “flights of fancy” would cause Apple to flop, Wayne said, he bailed out after 12 days. Terrified to be the only one of the three founders with assets creditors could seize, he agreed to take $800 for his shares.

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Unhealthy interference   5/6/2010

Neo-wowsers have again attacked traditional Australian enjoyment by blowing the final siren on a pie and a beer at country footy matches.
The Victorian Government’s nasty little enforcer of health and safety fascism, VicHealth, has embarked on a $2million program to turn 100 sporting clubs in the Geelong region into “healthier places”.
Clubs will be banned from selling beer over 3 percent alcohol strength and “junk” food such as pies and hot dogs.
VicHealth’s commandant Todd Harper says the new restrictions don’t stop at food and drink. Clubs must reduce tobacco use, protect the public from harmful effects of UV, create a safe and inclusive environment for women and reduce race-based discrimination.
VicHealth’s totalitarian exercise has the support of local MPs, including the Minister responsible for the state’s disgusting record in handling abused children, Lisa Neville, and gagged backbencher Michael Crutchfield.
Neville and Crutchfield were photographed by the Geelong media endorsing the bullying measures.
The heavy-handed edicts have been slammed by former Geelong footy hero Sam Newman who rationally opined that whether to drink full-strength beer or eat a pie should be up to individuals, not regulators.
“The more you have the Government and council telling people what they should and shouldn’t do the more likely you are to have your life run by people with no authority to do so,” Newman told the Geelong Independent.
“One of the luxuries of life is being able to sometimes have a drink and sometimes eat junk food,” he said.
“Australia is one of the most over-regulated countries in the world and I don’t understand why people want to intrude in other people’s lives – you’re responsible for your own actions.”
The extreme measures reveal not just VicHealth’s disregard for individual choice, but their ignorance of the struggles country sporting clubs face to stay afloat.
Coping with ever-increasing regulations has some club officials voluntarily putting in the equivalent of a full working week on club business. On top of this is a non-stop battle to raise funds to keep clubs viable in a time of rising costs and decreasing sponsorship.
One of the few strong earners for clubs is in food and drink sales which will be savaged by these domineering measures.
And it’s not as if they’ll be effective anyway, particularly the heavy beer ban.
Clubs liquor sales in the Geelong and District Football League are already hammered by spectators driving into grounds with booze on board. This will only increase, particularly at non-fenced grounds.
No doubt VicHealth’s busy-bodies, remote as they are from social reality, would advocate car searches to combat this problem. Clubs are already battling for sufficient volunteers to man gates and manage teams, so it’s doubtful anyone will put up their hands to engage in confrontation with a carload of lager louts.
But will VicHealth stop with bans on booze and pastry? After all, footy is a contact sport and participants get injured and that is definitely unhealthy.
No, hypocrisy and inconsistency are state-sponsored interferers’ strong suits, so footy should be safe for now. As long as volunteers don’t give up in disgust.
And that could well be the upshot of this insidious piece of social control.

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Tuckey turns to tides   1/6/2010

Great green idea from, of all people, Wilson Tuckey:

And what he was talking about, to some degree, was a project the nation could have spent some of the massive amounts of the Stimulus Package money on, or at least, part of it. And his plan was for the country to tap into the massive daily energy that is generated every 12 hours by the giant tidal surges of the Kimberley coastal region of Western Australia.

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