2020 X 2

The Great Australian Cringe is back, according to 2020 summiteer David Marr:

More troubling is the return of a cringing question that disappeared in the Howard years. “What does the world think of us?” was the theme of a one-hour Sky News broadcast for which the thousand delegates were co-opted …

The delegates were co-opted in more ways than one. Speaking of Howard, here’s the Age’s Catherine Deveny:

Man, we loved to hate Howard. Back in the good old days of 2007 it was wall-to-wall leftie love-ins of hatred. The hate brought us closer together. Now, who’ve we got? We can’t hate Brendan Nelson. That’d be like picking on the retarded kid.

Nice lady. We’ll pick on Peter Garrett instead, which isn’t like picking on the retarded kid. Hater Pete was a summit star last weekend, but he had an unfair advantage – in the mid-90s Garrett participated in a forum called 2020 Vision: Australia’s Future. A book on the event, by Craig Emerson and Fleur Kingham, summarised proceedings:

Garrett’s vision for 2020 is a nation in the process of transforming its economy into a steady state, where – apart from mining, which would still play a part – it did not use up the continent’s environmental capital. He envisions a nation that has cleaned up its rivers, reclaimed its soil and where solar and wind energy provided at least half its energy needs

For the coming 25 years, Garrett calls upon Australians to repair the damage already done to the environment and to move to an ecologically sustainable society where nonhuman communities act like natural communities and live within a natural ebb and flow of energy from the sun and plants.

Nonhuman communities acting like natural communities … looks like Pete got his wish.

(Via Miss S.)

Posted by Tim B. on 04/23/2008 at 12:59 AM
    1. the return of a cringing question that disappeared in the Howard years.

      Sorry?  It disappeared?  In fact it was being asked ad nauseam by Marr and his ilk on an almost daily basis.

      Posted by cuckoo on 2008 04 23 at 01:10 AM • permalink

 

    1. Hmm. Love that photo of Hater Pete. Is he sane?

      Hey, that’s a Lacoste tee he’s wearing.
      Didn’t the French bomb Rainbow Warrior? And explode NUCLEAR bombs in the Pacific?

      Trust an unhinged enviro Nazi to support the French!

      Posted by Bonmot on 2008 04 23 at 01:16 AM • permalink

 

    1. nonhuman communities act like natural communities and live within a natural ebb and flow of energy from the sun and plants.

      Back into the caves and trees.

      After you, Mr Garrett.

      Next Earth Farce Hour perhaps participants should carry on their daily life as usual, with the power completely cut off for one hour.

      Or 24, just to see how they manage.

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 23 at 01:17 AM • permalink

 

    1. For the coming 25 years, Garrett calls upon Australians to repair the damage already done to the environment and to

      … for God sake, stop buying Gaia Raping, landfill destroying, petrochemically produced Midnight Oil CD’s!

      Posted by Bonmot on 2008 04 23 at 01:20 AM • permalink

 

    1. “What does the world think of us?”

      I’d say 99.9% of the world’s population put more thought into what their bowel movements look like, than what Australia is like.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 04 23 at 01:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. 2020: Beyond Chromedome

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 04 23 at 01:33 AM • permalink

 

    1. #2
      Rainbow WarriorPowered by the ebb and flow of Big Oil …

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 04 23 at 01:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. where nonhuman communities act like natural communities…

      I don’t pretend to understand what that’s supposed to mean.

      —Nora

      Posted by The Thin Man Returns on 2008 04 23 at 01:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. Every day it’s like Christmas. Rudd says sorry, Rudd fronts the Chinese about human rights, Rudd’s onto the republic, Rudd makes another well-thought-out earnest decision with a minimum of fuss

      Says it all really. Lets sit back and wait and see if the Australian electorate shares such amorous feelings as squatter does. I’ll bet not.

      Posted by Nic on 2008 04 23 at 01:46 AM • permalink

 

    1. “What does the world think of us?” Well if the “world” was prepared to believe that the talent on display at the 2020 Wankfest constituted Australia’s “best and brightest” then the world would be entitled to conclude that we are indeed a nation of retards.That view would be validated by the fact that we(well some of us) elected a Government that would present that sorry gathering as the “best and brightest”.To plagiarize a line that I’ve read so frequently on the Letters page of the Sydney Morning Herald over the past 12 years,“I’m ashamed to be an Australian” and will continue to be so until the pathetic little Sinophile suckhole responsible for this farce is booted out.

      Posted by Lew on 2008 04 23 at 01:46 AM • permalink

 

    1. #8 I am afraid there is only one thing that it means Nora…

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 04 23 at 01:53 AM • permalink

 

    1. For the coming 25 years, Garrett calls upon Australians to repair the damage already done to the environment and to move to an ecologically sustainable society where nonhuman communities act like natural communities and live within a natural ebb and flow of energy from the sun and plants.

      Surely this is the Mother of All Motherhood Statements ?

      Boom shanka, Garrett

      Posted by Pickles on 2008 04 23 at 01:53 AM • permalink

 

    1. So now that Labor is in it doesn’t matter what the rest of the world thinks of us, apparently. Marr et al spent the past 11 years whining about how ashamed they were to be Australian and how Howard’s policies stood condemned by the world. Rudd arrives and suddenly its who gives a fuck. The world must be as impressed with empty gestures as the Aussie left is.

      Posted by Harold on 2008 04 23 at 01:55 AM • permalink

 

    1. Like Cheetah and his happy family.

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 23 at 01:57 AM • permalink

 

    1. (#14 that’s the third time I’ve posted that!)

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 23 at 01:58 AM • permalink

 

    1. Or rather Marr must believe empty gestures impress the rest of the world as much as they do the Aussie left.

      Posted by Harold on 2008 04 23 at 02:00 AM • permalink

 

    1. O/T
      Terrorists are are stupid.

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 23 at 02:02 AM • permalink

 

    1. Peter Garrett is a minister in the Australian Federal Government. Peter Garrett is a minister in the Australian Federal Government. Peter Garrett is a minister in the Australian Federal Government.

      No matter how many times you say it, it’s still piss funny. 10 years ago I’d have put more money on him winning So You Think You Can Dance.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 04 23 at 02:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. Big Green(TM), such as Big Al, doesn’t stretch the truth does it, Big Pete?

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 04 23 at 02:20 AM • permalink

 

    1. The republic was lost, it seemed to me as the guillotine was about to fall.

      One Queen seeks to usurp the other?

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 04 23 at 02:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. Marr at 2020?

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 04 23 at 02:29 AM • permalink

 

    1. I think that before Australians worry about what the rest of the world thinks of us, as an outward-looking society, we should concern ourselves with what we think of people from other countries.

      Allow me to get the show on the road:

      Afghanistan: goat fuckers
      Akrotiri: never heard of it
      Albania: pickpockets and stowaways
      Algeria: adventure playground for free spirited single feminist travellers
      American Samoa: fat people causing island to sink
      Andorra: tax cheats.

      This could take some time…

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 04 23 at 02:30 AM • permalink

 

    1. Strange. Remember all the brouhaha over APEC and the security screen? Remember the protests against the ‘warmongering’ G W Bush and the cries of ‘what will they think of us’?

      Now, when officials from a nation that really violates human rights arrives, they receive the ‘special’ Abbo welcome. When said nation allows its troops to accost others on Australian soil there is nary a peep from the left about both facts. Go figure eh?

      Posted by Nic on 2008 04 23 at 02:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. #18 Tiger

      No matter how many times you say it, it’s still piss funny.

      Yeah, a bit like saying “Prime Minister Kevin”.

      Weird how the Left thought Howard’s eyebrows funny, yet see no humour in a prime minister called Kevin!

      Posted by Bonmot on 2008 04 23 at 02:34 AM • permalink

 

    1. More interesting than the left-wing media missing John Howard – think how bad it will be when Bush departs the stage in January!! -is the media and Rudd.

      Rudd is a cold-hearted bureaucrat who talks in cliches, is devoid off any original thoughts, has no vision for Australia and thinks good government is staging media stunts. He is doing nothing for the issues important to the left and will never be a heroic PM like a Whitlam or a Keating.

      Yet the left media can’t say anything. To criticise Rudd is to admit that the Tim Blairs and the Andrew Bolts of the world were right all through 2007. So they sit there, cheering speeches they know to be hollow, lauding stage-managed events such as Circus 2020 and anointing him as a statesman when the world views Rudd with the same deep suspicion as the Labor party.

      Just how long those who truly believe in left-wing values can bite their tongue will be the most interesting thing about Rudd’s term. At some point, these real lefties will want a real hero, or heroine, of the post-Howard era. There is one in the wings, still pure to pink-tinged eyes – Julia Gillard.

      Posted by Contrail on 2008 04 23 at 02:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. #22 – Allow me to help Margos.

      Bahamas – Scored minor reference by the Beach Boys in Kokomo
      Bahrain – Minor goat fucking Gulf Kingdom
      Bangladesh – Terrible swimmers and cricketers.
      Barbados – Possible Beach Boys reference.
      Belarus – Russia-lite. Chief export is prostitutes.
      Belgium – Heavily into pedophilia and beer.
      Belize – Possibly a cocktail.
      Benin – Been out. Who cares.
      Bermuda – Fucking Beach Boys again.
      Bhutan – Gaseous mountain country.
      Bolivia – A land of fast talking, paranoid, paramilitary types with thin moustaches. Great coke too.
      Bosnia and Herzegovina – May have lost or added another territory by the time I submit this.
      Brazil – A land of hairless kidnappers.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 04 23 at 02:48 AM • permalink

 

    1. Angola – basket case
      Anguilla – isn’t that some kind of disease?
      Antarctica – mining’s shining star, just as soon as the ice recedes
      Antigua and Barbuda – refer: lyrics of “Dreadlock Holiday”
      Argentina – nazi retirement villa
      Armenia – filming of Borat films is number one economic activity
      Aruba – soon to become a wet spot on the map

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 04 23 at 02:51 AM • permalink

 

    1. #25

      Rudd is a cold-hearted bureaucrat who talks in cliches, is devoid off any original thoughts, has no vision for Australia …

      Best. Summary. Yet.

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 04 23 at 02:55 AM • permalink

 

    1. Bulgaria – Very hairy people with a deep love of fisting and strong liquor.
      Burkina Faso – I made this one up.
      Burma – Disneyland for Commies.
      Burundi – Town just outside of Walgett.Jeez, I can see why the UN has been so successful.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 04 23 at 02:56 AM • permalink

 

    1. Wallis and Futuna – the sequel country to “Wallis and Grommet”
      Yemen – goat fuckers
      Zambia – people wearing brightly coloured table cloths
      Tristan da Cunha – appeared in “Pirates of the Carribean” as a lisping English twat
      Svalbard – people who think raw herring makes a good breakfast
      Sierra Leone – the sound of one hand clapping
      São Tomé and Príncipe – two gay fashion designers
      Qatar – main export is the “air qatar”.  There are many clips on youtube of people playing the “air qatar”.
      Kyrgyzstan – long haired sheep fuckers

      Posted by mr creosote on 2008 04 23 at 03:02 AM • permalink

 

    1. Jordan – big breasted models in burkhas
      Jersey – cow fuckers
      Hungary – producer of great looking porn stars
      Ethiopia – are the stick babies back?

      Posted by mr creosote on 2008 04 23 at 03:05 AM • permalink

 

    1. where solar and wind energy provided at least half its energy needs…

      And pyramid power provides the other half.

      Posted by monaro on 2008 04 23 at 03:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. Laos – an amalgamation of ‘chaos’ and ‘lousy’
      Macedonia – a place full of Greeks that don’t want to be Greek
      Mongolia – retard central
      Nauru – fat bastards up to their armpits in shit
      Norfolk Island – “incest is our middle name”
      Poland – German Army tank training ground
      Saint Pierre and Miquelon – gay fashion designers who are the arch rivals of São Tomé and Príncipe
      Singapore – don’t fuck with us

      Posted by mr creosote on 2008 04 23 at 03:11 AM • permalink

 

    1. Transnistria – home of the transnistria radio, which was sadly eliminated in the marketplace by the Sony Walkman.

      Posted by mr creosote on 2008 04 23 at 03:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. Turkmenistan – where Turks are Turks and men are men and Turks are men and men have tans and……. goat fuckers

      Posted by mr creosote on 2008 04 23 at 03:13 AM • permalink

 

    1. Calls by the left for a sort of static economy demonstrate their lack of intellectual depth. A static economy will also mean a static society with a rigid structure and little social mobility, since social mobility is easiest in a society with at least a modicum of dyamism. And mobility would become a zero sum game. But more pertinently, what kind of art do the left think will be produced in this static economy/society. The progressive art/music they so love is predicated on the desire or need for change. But society would have entered into a compact on the need for a kind of stasis. New mediums would not develop as innovation begets growth. When what they argue for is taken to its logical conclusion what appears is something that would be more like an ultra-conservative’s dream.

      Posted by Francis H on 2008 04 23 at 03:19 AM • permalink

 

    1. #36 – Francis, sounds like a good description of the Dark Ages to me.

      Posted by mr creosote on 2008 04 23 at 03:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. #33

      Nauru – fat bastards up to their armpits in shit

      No, they minded so we mined it. No more shit.

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 23 at 04:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. #38

      How about “fat bastards who would like to be once again, up to their armpits in shit”?

      Posted by mr creosote on 2008 04 23 at 04:20 AM • permalink

 

    1. #39
      Has the ring of truth to it…
      I think it’s probably good for the skin, or something.

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 23 at 04:22 AM • permalink

 

    1. Poland..german tank training ground……Bwahahahaahhaa..Keep them coming guys.

      What does the world think of us..Hmmmm lets see for most of Howards time i on average took 23 overseas travelers out on tour in the Outback every 5 days so i guess you could say i had my finger on the pulse in regards to this cringing question.

      Most asked question. “Can i climb Uluru”
      My Replie “Sure if you don’t mind the black fellas climbing all over your church”.

      After 3 days of me teaching them culture most would walk around the base.

      The only political question that would be asked every now and then was the Refugees and Tamper and everyone who asked about it would confide in me that they wish they had leaders like Howard.

      Posted by sparrow on 2008 04 23 at 04:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. #41 – I refused to climb Uluru on the grounds that I was too fat and unfit and could afford a helicopter ride instead.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 04 23 at 04:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. #36; “ultra-conservative’s dream”; why do the bloody ultra’s always get the nod; what about the mega’s, the super’s and the arch’s? Don’t they deserve their own dreams too?

      Posted by cohenite on 2008 04 23 at 04:29 AM • permalink

 

    1. Akin to Conan O’Brien’s “In The Year 2000” skits, I suppose Australian lefties will still be holding 2020 summits long past the year 2020.

      Posted by PW on 2008 04 23 at 04:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. I’m laughing my arse off.

      Macao – Full of second rate casinos and hawking, spitting mainlanders
      Macedonia – Full of nuts, Italian for fruit salad
      Madagascar – Home of skinny black-eyed apes
      Malaysia- What a country run by Abbo’s would be like.
      Maldives – Wont exist in 5 years
      Mali – TPLAC
      Malta – Full of bricklayers who wear socks and sandals
      Mauritius – Home of skinny black eyed apes who speak French.
      Mexico – Pisses in their beer to improve the taste
      Micronesia – Home of the smallest penises in the world
      Monaco – Money and dead totty
      Mongolia – Home of mongoloids
      Morocco – Those who have sex with both goats and young boys
      Mozambique – TPLAC

      Posted by Nic on 2008 04 23 at 04:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. Cripes, suddenly I don’t feel so bad about enjoying the odd “comfort kangaroo”.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 04 23 at 04:46 AM • permalink

 

    1. #46
      Sounds kinda awkward…

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 23 at 04:48 AM • permalink

 

    1. “What does the world think of us?”

      Like, omigod, Janey told me that Sheila said that Kevin had a crush on China and China totally told him that they would be super BFFs! But then I heard that she said Like, no way would they let him in the SCO clique. And I asked Russia what was up and he was like, he’d already had Australia so he’s trying to get a piece of Georgia. And I was like, uh Australia and Austria are different but he was like WHATEVER! And then someone said Australia is too selfcentered and so we should talk about France. But it turned out that France is the one who said it and did you see the heels she was wearing she looked like a total slut.

      And Syria totally needs to shave her bikini line. Totally.

      Posted by Col. Milquetoast on 2008 04 23 at 04:52 AM • permalink

 

    1. Something O/T which narks me.

      Black diggers ANZAC Day.

      Why?

      When are we going to have a Roman Catholic ANZAC Day?
      A Presbyterian ANZAC Day?
      A Scottish Diggers ANZAC Day?
      A Welsh Diggers ANZAC Day?
      An Irish Diggers ANZAC Day?
      A Greek Diggers ANZAC Day?
      An Italian Diggers ANZAC Day?

      Why don’t we just separate the whole lot up and have one every other day of the year.

      This makes me really angry. It defeats the whole point of ANZAC Day or any military remembrance day.

      I could go on.

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 23 at 04:54 AM • permalink

 

    1. Tonight on Aunty’s radio PM:

      Oz Astronaut & geophysicist Phil Chapman’s An Ice Age Cometh, in Aunty’s balance, pitted against two opponents: the IPCC’s David Karoly and CSIRO Climate CRC? (no vested interests there) from Big Climate(TM).

      No transcripts, yet.

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 04 23 at 05:00 AM • permalink

 

    1. Since Kev said $orry, Kae, it’s only going to get worse.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2008 04 23 at 05:08 AM • permalink

 

    1. Denmark – bigoted cartoonists who deserve what’s coming to them

      Djibouti – named after a song by KC and the Sunshine Band

      Dominican Republic – a nation of brothels conidered unhygienic by travelling drug dealers

      East Timor – The only nation in the world that would be worse off when freed from the rule of Indonesia

      Ecuador – a place where acne scarring is considered a desirable physical attribute
      Egypt – the cradle of syphillis-isation

      El Salvador – where the main form of amusement for children is landslides

      Equatorial Guinea – Basket case New Guinea is considered by many to be better than the old one
      Eritrea – still celebrating the Cormo Express

      Estonia – citizens considered invasion by the Nazis during WWII to be a good thing

      Ethiopia – citizens willing to run miles to get away

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 04 23 at 05:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. France – German tank training ground with the side benefits of art gallery tours; good looking, well spoken tarts and good food and grog.  Plus they give up quickly.
      Austria – place where the Germans warm up their tanks
      Czechoslovakia – “all your tanks now belong to us”
      Russia – German tank graveyard
      East Germany – Russian tank training ground
      West Germany – US/Canadian/British tank training ground
      Holland – see “Maldives”

      Posted by mr creosote on 2008 04 23 at 05:17 AM • permalink

 

    1. New Caledonia – fucking Scots’ve been everyfuckingwhere.

      (just LOL’d at #53 creosote. All of them have been good)

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 23 at 05:20 AM • permalink

 

    1. Kazakhstan – sorry, can’t think of anything amusing about this place
      Kenya – the pre-eminent communication and financial hub of East Africa – an absolute shithole
      Kiribati – a non-existent country invented by an eccentric New Zealander who wants to go to the Olympics
      Korea, North – citizens demonstrate that through thrift and by eating a variety of grass seeds, you can still starve to death quite rapidly
      Korea, South – It’s a man-eat dog world in South Korea. Would you like fries with your KFD?
      Kuwait – Main source of employment – putting out oil fires. Not such a bad place if you don’t mind being violated every decade or so by an Iraqi
      Kyrgyzstan -a nation invented by scrabble players to remedy those times when there is an absence of vowels

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 04 23 at 05:59 AM • permalink

 

    1. Abkhazia – “Guzendheit”

      Algeria – “heads – we kill you, tails – you die!”

      American Samoa – land of the long white lard

      Argentina – Spanish for “once had air forces”

      Austria – country next to New Zealand

      Benin – if Ben pops out, what is it called then?  “Hello, is Ben in?”  “No, he has popped out for some milk”.

      Bhutan – famous for the production of cigarette lighters.  As in Bhutan lighters fueled by Bhutan gas.

      Canada – Americans with funny accents.

      Chad – wasn’t he a really bad actor in Charlie’s Angels?

      China – 100 billion gooks can’t be wrong

      Egypt – goat fuckers.

      Posted by mr creosote on 2008 04 23 at 06:03 AM • permalink

 

    1. Bulgaria – such a shithole, even Albanians won’t live there.

      Posted by mr creosote on 2008 04 23 at 06:08 AM • permalink

 

    1. #49, kae

      I fully agree! As Ash says at #51, it’s only going to get worse.

      What about the 70,000-year-old woman who might be Queensland’s next Governor?  Surely she should’ve retired long since? Read some of the comments at Andrew Bolt’s site: Jackie Huggins

      I’m still waiting for it to be pointed out that “dot paintings” only became part of Aboriginal culture when sometime in the early 1970s a TAFE art teacher went north and taught a NT group how to do it. Been kept very quiet, that.

      As for David Marr, he and his “glimmers of hope” can go get stuffed.  He not only thinks he’s a member of the so-called “elite”, he knows he is:

      It was worth a trip to Canberra to hear how the rhetoric has shifted and the faces changed. These are the early days of the post-Howard era, but it’s already possible to grow a little nostalgic for elite bashing. All gone.

      [/rant]

      Posted by ann j on 2008 04 23 at 06:17 AM • permalink

 

    1. hmm. I see a pattern here with Egypt… and a few other places.

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 23 at 06:21 AM • permalink

 

    1. #58
      I’ve been reading that. Bolt’s.It’s making me angry.

      Oops, must take blood pressure tablets, they’re overdue!

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 23 at 06:22 AM • permalink

 

    1. Antartica- futuristic lady of ill repute.

      Posted by sparrow on 2008 04 23 at 06:23 AM • permalink

 

    1. Kazakhstan: Home to Borat and the mankini; Ruski rocket testing ground.

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 04 23 at 06:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. Look, I’m happy if the Aboriginal people want to secede… fine. Get yourself some land and do it.
      Don’t expect the Australian taxpayer to support your succession.I think that’s perfectly reasonable.

      There’s so much that’s wrong with the victim/entitlement/poorfellame/noblesavage/fuckyouwhitey attitude.

      And you know, it’s not all aboriginal people. It’s usually the people who have their snout in the trough. Who have influence over people who are easily led.

      They don’t give a flying fuck about “my people”. It’s all about looking after self and kin.

      Friend in Perth said that aborigines are really racist within their own groups. She was SHOCKED. She didn’t learn about THAT at her “Appreciating Aboriginality 101” course at fucking Edith Cowan.

      Sorry, but it makes me angry.

      So many people need help and they’re not getting it.

      Let’s form a committee.
      Let’s have a summit.
      Let’s communicate.
      Let’s provide more money.

      Yeah, that’s worked.

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 23 at 06:27 AM • permalink

 

    1. Secede, succession, all sux to me.

      Youse all know what I mean.

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 23 at 06:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. #58

      elite bashing

      Didn’t his Padre tell him it’ll send him blind?

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 04 23 at 06:32 AM • permalink

 

    1. Latvia – doesn’t deserve it’s position in the top 3 baltic states
      Lebanon – citizens receive free Australian welfare payments and mercy dashes to Bankstown. Ambulances a constant target of Israeli rockets.
      Lesotho – just fuck off
      Liberia – Sweetheart, would you duck into the chemist and get me some ointment? This liberia is driving me crazy.
      Libya – Jewel of northern Africa. Has admitted responsibility for Lockerbie.
      Liechtenstein – alpenhorn fuckers
      Lithuania – worse than Latvia
      Luxembourg – a waste of space.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 04 23 at 06:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. 2020 1984

      Fixed

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 04 23 at 06:52 AM • permalink

 

    1. #64
      Unsuccessful secession sucks?

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 04 23 at 06:54 AM • permalink

 

    1. David Marr is ass over base.
      PG burnt his bed now he has to sleep in it, in the natural ebb and flow of energy from the sun and plants.
      CD “That’d be like picking on the retarded kid.” Whose retarded?

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 04 23 at 07:04 AM • permalink

 

    1. Pakistan – who needs a goat when you have a cousin?
      Palau – sail away, sail away, sail away… if you know what’s good for you
      Panama – as pleasant as it is wide
      Papua New Guinea – mmmh, tastes like pork
      Paracel Islands – bullshit
      Paraguay – enjoys a narrow gap between poor and very poor
      Peru – entire cultures who lived here have been known to do themselves in
      Philippines – MacArthur was the first and last person who wanted to return
      Pitcairn Islands – makes Norfolk Island look like the deep end of the gene pool. Cultural activities centre around pedophilia.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 04 23 at 07:06 AM • permalink

 

    1. 41 – explain how Ayers Rock is akin to their church?  I understand sacred ground, but have some issue with the whole rock being seen as some untouchable monument to their beliefs.

      If they want to climb over my church, go for it.  Whatever floats their boat.

      kae – the sooner they listen to Pearson and that Warren fella, the better.

      Rudd is simply embarassing.  I switch channels if he comes on as he gives me the shits no end.

      Posted by peter m on 2008 04 23 at 07:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. With NSW SEVERE WEATHER WARNING for Flash Flooding the “solar and wind energy provided at least half its energy needs” idea looks all wet.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 04 23 at 07:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. #71
      Agreed re Ayer’s Rock.Do the Seppo’s endure such with their geographical features?

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 04 23 at 07:40 AM • permalink

 

    1. Rudd is simply embarassing.  I switch channels if he comes on as he gives me the shits no end.
      Hey, Dear Leader’s just doing his bit for fibre-deficient voters.
      But seriously, folks, I went to see Gone Baby Gone today – I recommend it, good debut for Ben Affleck as a director, but first thing when the curtains opened was this solemn message about movie piracy. The sum of AUS$273 million was mentioned and the implication is that we’re spending all that on pirated Australian films. What a fucking joke.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 04 23 at 07:50 AM • permalink

 

    1. At Belmont Club you’ll find a very good description of how the MSM feeds off itself – to provide us with cloned newsworthiness – and make the medium more important than the message. It’s talkin’ ‘bout ‘bama, but could just as well apply to 2020 And All That.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2008 04 23 at 07:54 AM • permalink

 

    1. #74
      LOLThey’d buy pirated ones to destroy them?

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 23 at 07:56 AM • permalink

 

    1. #64
      Sir George Foster Pearce, (1870 -1952)

      He may also have sensed that the secessionists would win the referendum but that, for constitutional and other reasons, Western Australia would remain in the Commonwealth.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 04 23 at 08:02 AM • permalink

 

    1. Some lesser known state mottos:
      PNG – Eh! Plurry Bus Comin’
      Korea – Him Dog We Truss
      New South Wales – Newly Developed How Brassily Thou Shinest

      Posted by blogstrop on 2008 04 23 at 08:19 AM • permalink

 

    1. Peter M , its a figure of speach.

      I use to say that because i use to think it was funny that Dickhead Marr and alike would bang on about how racsist we all were under Howard and that the rest of the world was looking at us in disgust. In truth most of the world could not give a stuff about blackfella culture and was only interested in climbing the rock and it was up to a Racsist white fella like me to teach them a different point of view.

      I can tell you also that most of the blackfellas could not care less about who climbed the rock anyway.

      The Elders asked that people do not climb but belived that it was up to the individual to decide and never pressured anyone about.

      The David Marrs,bleeding hearts and a lot of blackfellas would not know the first thing about the culture.

      I have black blood myself,that makes me no expert but i went out spent time in remote areas and educated myself for 10 years. I am not going to take shit from some piss head in the street with a can of VB and some half eaten KFC telling me i’m a white c—t that owes him. I chased the last one down and asked him who the fuck he was calling white, my grandmother was black i said and that he was a discrace to the colour of his skin.

      That and the lump of timber i had in my hand left him speachless and he stagered of.

      Posted by sparrow on 2008 04 23 at 08:19 AM • permalink

 

    1. #79
      Anyone with early settler blood probably has some black blood. My mother’s family were here early, on trip by his majesty, so who knows. Good on ya.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 04 23 at 08:29 AM • permalink

 

    1. #78
      Many years ago I studied Bahasa Indonesia.I learnt that the motto of Indonesia is, wait for it,

      Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity)

      Now that’s a sick joke.

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 23 at 08:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. 79 – top story!

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 04 23 at 08:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. #80
      You would be suprised just how mixed black and white blood is in this county.Most wifes of the early settlers took of back to England in hash remote areas so the blokes just got themselves a black wife.

      Posted by sparrow on 2008 04 23 at 08:40 AM • permalink

 

    1. Aruba – Figures prominently in WWII submarine movies. As in, “Aruba! Aruba! Dive! Dive!”

      Posted by ErnieG on 2008 04 23 at 08:46 AM • permalink

 

    1. Zaire

      Zambia

      Zimbabwe

      No wonder the alphabet writers gave up at Z. Suicide was the only choice.

      Posted by mareeS on 2008 04 23 at 08:48 AM • permalink

 

    1. #78
      Based on a latin phrase meaning “from many, one”, E Pluribus Unum is the motto on the Great Seal of the United States of America.
      They try. Maybe we all can.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 04 23 at 08:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. #79
      We’ve got ‘sacred trees’ in compounds up our way which are rarely visted and when they are, there’s a stack of beer cans left behind …

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 04 23 at 08:55 AM • permalink

 

    1. #83
      We all should get a vote in any new ATSIC. Whose to tell whose what? Mansell could vote in the USA as discussed about who gets to vote in USA in BPSO RESPONSE thread. So why not us here? Again whose to tell whose what?

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 04 23 at 08:56 AM • permalink

 

    1. Egg’ I will give you a little story then i’m off to bed.

      A cattle station i know had a strange piece of limestone uncovered by a grader when road works were being upgraded to the rock. They grabbed it and sat it out the front all washed off and polished,it was shaped like a ring.It had been underground for millions of years.

      It was during the handback of the rock so as you could understand there was lots of blackfellas on the move as well as the media.The owner decided to conduct an experiment and asked all the Tjilpi’s he new what this strange rock was.“don’t know Tjilpi” they would say (tjilpi = elder man).

      This went on for a week until a group of Kungas turned up and conducted an Inma around it with news cameras in tow. Womans Business the claimed…..I pissed myself laughing when the old fella told me this story in the bar of the cattle station and we raised our beers to the nerve of the cheeky buggers.

      Posted by sparrow on 2008 04 23 at 09:22 AM • permalink

 

    1. 76 – Might as well burn them; the bonfire would have more entertainment value.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 04 23 at 09:24 AM • permalink

 

    1. Iceland – soon to be renamed, Soggyland
      India – people constantly living in fear of being shot by David Hicks
      Indonesia – a nation of 17,000 islands, with each successive island somehow less appealing than the last.
      Iran – How do you solve a problem like sharia?
      Iraq – a nation of diverse groups unified by a desire to kill each other
      Ireland – home of Sinead O’Connor
      Isle of Man – national dish is chips, cheese and gravy. Sinking nearly as fast as American Samoa.
      Israel – a nation once visited by dickhead, Antony Lowenstein

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 04 23 at 09:27 AM • permalink

 

    1. Dear Ruddy Idiot—

      There’s a reason the Third World keeps finishing Third, and it’s patronising oiks like you.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 04 23 at 10:35 AM • permalink

 

    1. #50
      PM transcript now available.

      But climate experts here are incensed. They say the evidence that carbon emissions cause global warming is irrefutable.

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 04 23 at 10:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. I’m late to this thread, but here’s my two cents worth.  The opinion piece by Deveny linked to at the top is vile.  Is it a parody?  Am I missing something here, I just got home from an extremely long day at work (and my brain is tired)?  Hate is an emotion that I expressed a few times as a seven year old.  And as a seven year old, we hated some other kid because they upset us, until the next day when we played with them again. We did call other kids retarded, etc.  Until overheard by our parents and told that was wrong.

      The opinion piece is childish.

      I don’t hate Kevin Rudd.  I don’t dislike him, I’ve never met the fellow.  I just didn’t vote for his party.

      To be consumed by hate eats away at you.  It’s very negative.

      Someone please tell me I’ve read it all wrong because I’m tired.  Otherwise I’m gobsmacked, as some people say.

      Before hitting the [Submit] button, I googled Catherine Deveny and I found that she is a is a comedy writer, stand-up comedian.  Maybe the joke is one me.

      She has also been named in the Top 100 most influential Melbournians by The Age (Melbourne) Magazine according to Wikipedia.  She must be OK then!

      Posted by Stevo on 2008 04 23 at 12:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. #89 sparrow

      Peter and Ashley ?

      Posted by Pickles on 2008 04 23 at 06:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. #90
      How about burn them instead of coal?
      Get your money’s worth out of them!

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 23 at 06:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. Very much a retrograde motuion.

      It’s Canadians who worry about who they are and how they are loved, or not. Aussies don’t give a toss, is my interpretation of their civilization.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 04 23 at 07:23 PM • permalink

 

    1. Uganda – Ever since Idi Amin, it’s all been downhill.

      Ukraine – useful generic term roughly translated as meaning “somewhere we don’t care about”.
      United Arab Emirates – one nation united by camel-love.

      United Kingdom – Largely forgiven for eventually-discredited “make colonials run at machine guns” military tactics, and bowling bouncers at Bert Oldfield. Odd looking people ideally suited to television comedies.

      United States – Saved us from Nanking-type shenanigans at last big war and responsible for Banana Splits Adventure Hour. Embodiment of evil.

      Uruguay – See Paraguay, but much, much worse.

      Uzbekistan – a united Soviet Union was extremely important to the Russians, but not quite so important as to warrant an association with these ‘tards

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 04 23 at 07:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. Motuion? The French spelling?
      “Ah, cherie, Je trouve un tel bonheur dans votre chambre à coucher. La beauté de votre motuions…”

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 04 23 at 07:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. #98 Went to Uruguay -well, Montevideo – many many years ago.  Not the worst place at all.  You could go ashore with $20 of the long green, catch a cab, have a gigantic steak, some good beer, get chewed, screwed and tattooed, then back to the ship (by taxi) borrow 12 bucks from a mate in the duty watch and repeat the whole process.

      Many worse runs ashore than Montevideo, believe me!!

      Posted by Rod C on 2008 04 23 at 08:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. #100
      Sounds better than an old infantry friend of mine.
      He’d say “Since I’ve been a soldier I’ve been shooted, rooted ‘n ‘lectrocuted.”
      His name was Bill Meyers, I think. Ex Vietnam.

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 23 at 08:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. #101
      Ron Meyers.
      my mistake.

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 24 at 08:40 PM • permalink

 

 

    1. 103
      9.30 Spicks and Micks: Rival teams of Catholic and Hispanic music gurus identify Gregorian chants performed by Warwick Capper.And they have only thirty seconds before their eardrums rupture.

      But no Doctor Who in 2020? Perhaps that’s for the best. By 2020 the rebel Time Lord will probably be an empowered woman of colour, fighting off Dalek invasions by asserting her ‘alternative sexuality’.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 04 26 at 03:35 AM • permalink

 

    1. #104

      By 2020 the rebel Time Lord will probably be an empowered woman of colour, fighting off Dalek invasions by asserting her ‘alternative sexuality’.

      Now Swinish, that’s just going too far!

      (But I’d lay money on the Rebel Time Lord also being the GG of Aus.)

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 26 at 03:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. I’ll see your GG and raise you a Pope.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 04 26 at 04:34 AM • permalink

 

    1. #106
      Don’t be ridiculous, Swinish.
      There’s so many reasons why that’s ridiculous, I’ll give you three:1.  People of colour are NEVER Roman Catholic. Uniting Church, maybe, but not Roman Catholic.

      2.  Time Lords have no religion.

      3.  Everyone knows that a woman can’t be the pope…

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 26 at 04:38 AM • permalink

 

    1. 1 – They can convert!
      2 – See 1!
      3 – Hmmmm?

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 04 26 at 05:15 AM • permalink

 

    1. #108
      You KNOW that the “Powers That Be” will NEVER allow a woman to be ordained as a priest, what makes you think that they’ll allow a woman to be Pope?sheesh!

      Time lords won’t convert, they don’t BELIEVE in religion, or a more powerful entity than them.

      Your’e such a silly.

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 26 at 05:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. Denialist…

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 04 26 at 05:36 AM • permalink

 

    1. OK.

      So when do I get my trip to the moon?

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 26 at 05:40 AM • permalink

 

    1. Just as soon as we’ve eaten the last of the polar bears.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 04 26 at 06:22 AM • permalink

 

    1. Where’s my piece.

      Of polar bear?

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 26 at 06:23 AM • permalink

 

    1. Fair go, we’re still waiting for the ice to disappear beneath their feet.
      And what’s your rush anyhow, kae? I bet you haven’t even thought about buying a purple wig yet.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 04 26 at 06:54 AM • permalink

 

    1. Hey, new threads!
      You didn’t tell me, slacker!Ha!
      Notice how they never had anyone fat and dumpy in those boiler suits?
      And the hair.
      They just didn’t get the hair right…

      It was a good show, I used to watch it when I could.

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 26 at 06:58 AM • permalink

 

  1. Channel 7 in Melbourne put it up against Lost In Space on Channel 0. Trying to choose between the Robinson sisters and those Moonbase babes did nothing to soothe my prepubescent angst.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 04 26 at 07:06 AM • permalink