Sooky sky   29/12/2011

It snowed at Kim Jong-il’s funeral, leaving one state-controlled TV host to blubber: ”how could the sky not cry?”

And yet more gush:

“The feathery snowfall reminds the Korean people of the snowy day when the leader was born in the secret camp of Mount Paektu and of the great revolutionary career that he followed through snowdrifts,” the Korea Central News Agency said.

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Death not Cheetah-ed   28/12/2011

Sigh, another Hollywood legend has shuffled off the set.

Cheetah the chimpanzee, who acted in classic Tarzan movies in the early 1930s, died of kidney failure Saturday at Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, a sanctuary spokeswoman said.

His fictionalised autobiography, Me Cheetah, was one of my most enjoyable reads in recent years.

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Town hall tyrants   27/12/2011

Remember when discretion and common sense were valued attributes in our society? Not any more.

A FAMILY refusing to tear down a child’s cubby house erected without council permission in its backyard could face costs of more than $1 million.

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Inclusive! New department to make things simpler   26/12/2011

Federal Minister for Social Inclusion Mark Butler explains in The Australian the role of his department:

Mr Butler concedes the concept of complex and multidimensional disadvantage is “not particularly revolutionary” but argues that the value of social inclusion is ensuring governments can put together a multi-pronged response. He says Australians living with complex disadvantage have to deal with a range of government agencies and explain their circumstances and needs repeatedly to different offices.
“Worse, one arm of government rarely knows what the other is doing, which can result in duplication, gaps or, sometimes, serious mistakes,” he writes.
“Social inclusion encourages governments to build multidimensional policies and services for Australians living with complex disadvantage.
“It also encourages the development of innovative models, recognising that more traditional approaches to disadvantage simply don’t work for a sizeable group in our community.”

Oh yeah, that’ll work.

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Don’t mess with the dead, boy, they have eerie powers   

Doh! Look what a Scottish couple found at the bottom of their garden.

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Moral cowards   24/12/2011

James Delingpole takes lethal aim at oh-so-predictable comics like Tim Minchin who show how courageous they are by picking on the softest of targets:

Sorry. I know it’s the season of goodwill to all men and stuff, but really: have these faux-edgy lightweights ever actually stood up for any cause in their lives which requires an ounce of moral and intellectual courage or originality of insight? I don’t mean showing solidarity with Palestine or boldly declaring how fraudulent they find homeopathy or saying how ridiculous they find Christianity or being rude about Tories or supporting student protests or any of that predictable, career-safe, spray-on-credibility tedium. I mean actually, for once in their lives doing something that puts them out on a limb, that doesn’t tick all the usual green-left-liberal trendy boxes,that runs the risk of them never getting invited back as one of the resident lefty chortlemeisters on Radio 4′s News Quiz? Course not. For all their pretence at out-there dangerousness, these guys are as safe and cosy and establishment as you could get. Truly, they are the veritable IKEA, the World Of Leather, the Mister Byrite of popular culture. I’m sure it pays the rent – but at what cost to their shrivelled souls?

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Cheers   

Here’s one way to pay your bar bill:

PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Tampa Bay area man ordered a beer at a bar, left to rob a nearby bank then came back to finish his beer.

UPDATE: (29/12/2011)
The Age has used this yarn as its Odd Spot piece today.

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Season’s greetings   

A merry Christmas and bountiful New Year to all readers and contributors to this blog.

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Diescraper   18/12/2011

Here’s one way to assure your elevation after death:

The picture is The Memorial Necrópole Ecumênica III, a vertical cemetery in Santos, Brazil. It is the world’s tallest cemetery, with burial spaces on 32 floors. There’s also a restaurant, chapel, lagoon and peacock garden. It has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Santos.

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Get it right, Left   

Capitalism is theft, right? And Occupy is all about righting that wrong?

An Occupier in the McPherson Square camp has taken at least $5,500 from an Occupy credit union account, Occupiers said this week.

Here’s a lesson for ideological clods who continue to Occupy: every organisation that raises funds attracts chancers. You block them by embracing capitalist notions like joint-signatories and auditors.

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Gobbled up   

Damnitall! There goes Anthony Mundine’s next opponent.

Don King’s spokesman Robert Weneck said the truck full of 2,000 turkeys bound for South Florida went missing over night. The truck was found abandoned near Pompano Beach sometime Friday morning, according to Weneck

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Gone to ?????   17/12/2011

The world of ideas, literature and conviviality is today a lesser place.

CHRISTOPHER Hitchens, the influential author, polemicist, provocateur and committed bon vivant, has died from cancer of the oesophagus.
Hitchens, 62, died yesterday at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He had been battling stage IV oesophageal cancer for 18 months. He told friends: “There is no stage V.” His death was announced on the Vanity Fair website. It said he had died Thursday night local time, surrounded by friends.

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Same lords, different manor   

When this blogger first shaved, Australia’s ruling class were upper middleclass, snobbish, hypocritical and puritan. And protestant.
Now, the ruling class is upper middleclass, snobbish, hypocritical and puritan. And leftwing secularist.
Brendan O’Neill, whose name, like mine, suggests he could never have been part of Australia’s old ruling class, sticks the hobnaileds into the new would-be bunyip aristocracy:

The hysterical war on pokies shows that, today, nasty snobbish moralism, a desire to re-engineer people’s lifestyles, is more likely to spring from the secular middle classes than from the cut-off religious elite. Indeed, if anything, the modern-day leftish wars on smoking, boozing and gambling are worse than the antics of the prohibitionists and anti-gamblers of the 19th century.
Where those old lifestyle cops at least believed that men were capable of making sentient moral decisions — hence they implored heavy drinkers and problem gamblers to “turn their lives around” — the new lifestyle cops see us all simply as hapless saps, brainwashed zombies who can only be wrenched away from our filthy habits through tough legislation or therapeutic intervention.

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Cheek turned?   16/12/2011

Shouldn’t we expect death threats, terrorist retaliation, and universal condemnation for such hate-filled bigotry?
Probably not. But if a certain other congregation had been similarly affronted, well, that’s a different matter entirely.

Semarang (AsiaNews) – Last night, vandals decapitated the statue of the Virgin Mary in a small grotto in Sendag Prawito, Tawangmangu, Semarang Archdiocese (Central Java). A cross was stolen and the aspersorium was badly damaged.

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Innocents hounded   

A clear sign the jig is up is when guns get trained on the messenger. That’s the latest ploy from the climate fraudsters. James Delingpole elaborates:

That last paragraph of Horner’s addresses a conundrum which has been puzzling quite a few of us, viz: why are all these public resources being wasted on the pursuit of somebody who, even if the police catch him, has no case whatsoever to answer. If a whistleblower leaks information in the public interest – as Climategate and Climategate 2.0 clearly are – then he is pretty much immune from prosecution. (Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998)
Sure if you listen to the spivs at the University of Easy Access, the sphincter-burstingly angry propagandists at comedy websites like RealClimate, or to lavishly paid palaeopiezometrists like the Bob Ward, then, yes, the Climategate and Climategate 2.0 emails were “stolen.” But no serious person really believes that. The “stolen” meme was just a shoddy ruse – first promoted by the Warmists’ amen corner the BBC – designed to distract attention from the only genuinely criminal acts of this whole affair: the flagrant and deliberate breach of FOI regulations by sundry Climategate “scientists”; the potentially fraudulent use of millions of pounds and dollars of public money for political ends.

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Killjoys are here   

The usual suspects turn up every year around this time.

CHRISTMAS greetings, nativity scenes and carols are under attack in a growing number of Australian schools, kinders, businesses and organisations.
As our cultural diversity increases, more people are trying to secularise the holidays or appeal to a broad range of faiths, rather than just Christians celebrating Christmas.
After 39 years of nativity plays and carol-singing, Albert Park Preschool no longer celebrates Christmas.

It’s ironic that a generation back the type of misery-gutted busybodies who insisted on bullying normal folk into how they should conduct festivities would more than likely be from a religious organisation.
Today’s anti-Christmas zealots obviously don’t inform themselves very well. Every time the media runs reports on Grinch officialdom, there are letters to the editor from Muslim and Jewish leaders – and sometimes even human rights commission bureaucrats – declaring that they and their congregations have nothing against Christmas celebrations.
You can only hope the Christmas haters don’t breed. What an empty childhood without Santa.

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Courageous Canucks   14/12/2011

Canada’s leadership shows the type of courage and intelligence that Australians can only envy.

Canada’s previous Liberal government signed the accord but Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative administration has never embraced it.
It is understood he is reluctant to damage Canada’s booming oil sands sector.
Pulling out of Kyoto now allows the Canadian government to avoid penalties of up to CAN$14bn (£8.7bn) for missing its targets.
Canada had previously said emissions targets which do not require action from emerging economic giants such as China and India, as well as from the US, do not make sense.

This letter to The Australian pretty much wraps up the manmade global warming farce:

CONTRARY to the cynical opinions expressed in this newspaper in the last few days, I believe the Durban climate change conference has been extremely successful.
It has ensured that all those on the climate change gravy train will keep their funding and their jobs for another nine years. Also, for the next nine years, lots of lovely conferences will continue to be provided for these people.
For the world’s leaders, the Durban conference has been particularly successful. By 2020 virtually none of these leaders will be in power and so it will be left to their successors to have to admit to their electorates that nature rules the climate and mankind’s influence is minuscule. These new leaders will then be able to blame their predecessors for all the wasteful spending on climate change.
Brent Walker, Killcare, NSW

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Three sheets and you’re out   7/12/2011

Best of luck managing this austerity measure:

The latest edict issued by the region’s ministry of education instructs state schools to cut “excessive consumption” of toilet roll among pupils and limit the quota to a maximum of 25 metres per child per month.

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