Cold ones   12/12/2012

Damn! If only I’d known before coming down the other day with a persistent bout of the sniffles.

A new study, reports Agence France-Presse, suggests that a chemical compound in beer can help the human body fight the virus behind the common cold.

“Darling, I feel like I’m coming down with man flu. I better get down to the local for 10 pots of medicine.”
Yeah, that’d work.

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Raceline call   

Ho-hum, the perpetually outraged have found another reason to howl “racist”. If having a shot at someone’s full figure is racist, does that make those who laugh at Pamela Anderson and Dolly Parton’s exaggerated endowment racist?

Caroline Wozniacki has been accused of doing a ‘racist’ impersonation of fellow tennis player Serena Williams after stuffing her bra and shorts.
At a recent exhibition against Maria Sharapova in Brazil, the former world No. 1 stuffed courtside towels down her kit to replicate the body of the curvaceous Grand Slam champion.
But now the 22-year-old Dane, whose boyfriend golfer Rory McIlroy was in the crowd, has now been accused of racism by some observers.

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Bolshies bagged   

The thinking man’s bitofallright, Janet Albrechtsen, artfully attacks the ABC’s blatant political bias.

Nothing will change at the ABC unless and until those charged with complying with the ABC charter — the chairman, board members, the managing director and the staff — start doing so. Thoughtful critics don’t want a right-wing ABC. But neither was it established with taxpayer funds as a countervailing force against commercial media. The ABC exists, says section six, to “provide broadcasting programs that contribute to a sense of national identity and inform and entertain, and reflect the cultural diversity of the Australian community”.

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Dumbed down   

The rot that led to this set in about 20 years ago when dipstick academics decreed that the alphabet should go from the top of the blackboard and winners and losers in the classroom and sports field must disappear.

AUSTRALIAN primary school students have scored the lowest of any English-speaking nation in an international test of reading, shocking education experts who have questioned the standard of teacher training and quality of teaching in the classroom.
In the first international reading test of Australian primary schools, about 25 per cent of the nation’s Year 4 students failed to meet the minimum standard in reading for their age, rising to more than 30 per cent in Queensland and the Northern Territory.
Of the 48 countries tested, Australia ranked 27th, comparable with Bulgaria, Slovenia and Lithuania, and significantly behind the leaders Hong Kong, Russia and Finland, as well as the US and England.

Competition and clear communication are essentials of life in the modern world. To deny a generation preparation for these necessities is a national disgrace.
Someone should be forced to answer for this shameful neglect.

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