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Iowahawk’s Earth Week Virtual Cruise is underway, featuring all manner of impressive Gaia-smashing machinery. In other excellent environmental news:

The Rudd team appears to be taking its toll on the Greens, whose share of the vote fell for a third successive poll, down 2 points to 7 per cent.

And here’s Saturday’s column.

Posted by Tim B. on 04/22/2007 at 07:20 PM
    1. Dammit Tim!!!

      You’ve gone from Famine to Feast in a couple of days.

      We are only human.

      I feel like the guy in “Altered States”, just before his head exploded.

      Posted by Pogria on 2007 04 22 at 07:33 PM • permalink


    1. Check out all the cars of the global warming protesters who drove to Sandringham beach yesterday to spell out some stupid words on a beach. They had to drive – it was cold and raining. (Who are the idiots who made up the dot over the capital ‘i’?)

      Posted by ilibcc on 2007 04 22 at 07:36 PM • permalink


    1. Looking forward to the Spyder review, Tim. Favor to ask – I have an on-line acquaintance who was centerpunched while riding his bike a few months back, and is now paraplegic. He really misses riding. Can you tell us if the Spyder might make a good toy for a wheelchair-bound user (with mods, of course). Thanks.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2007 04 22 at 07:47 PM • permalink


    1. #3 Dave S.
      How badly are his arms affected?  The reason I ask.  My neighbor at home is paralyzed from the waist down (motorcycle accident), he modified his motorcycle and can still ride.  To be honest, I’ve seen him out in his wheelchair pushing a snowblower.  Pretty incredible.

      Posted by TattooedIntellectual on 2007 04 22 at 08:22 PM • permalink


    1. Interesting, TI. I believe it’s just the waist down, so maybe he’ll ride again.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2007 04 22 at 08:43 PM • permalink


    1. Yep, let me see if my neighbor has an email addy, and I’ll try to get that info to you.  If nothing else, it can’t hurt to talk to someone who went thru the same thing.

      And duh, if he’s only paraplegic it’s probably waist down.  Quadraplegic would be arms and legs.  Forgive the brain lapse 🙂

      Posted by TattooedIntellectual on 2007 04 22 at 08:55 PM • permalink


    1. Howard narrows the poll gap with Rudd is good news – or is it? Maybe Rudd is the prime minister we have to have, like Whitlam was. Follow me around the dance floor while I explain –

      When Whitlam was elected in 1972, people believed that no matter how much dope you smoked or acid you dropped, the land of milk and honey would continue to provide its abundance. All sorts of crazy flower-power inspired ideas took hold, like letting in Arab Muslims who would be cool because they had these water pipes with lots of hoses and we could all smoke dope together, man, and like, share each other’s vibes and all the people would become one and live in peace and harmony forever just like John Lennon foretold. Also we were all going to live in the bush eating natural berries and believed no country would be so uncool to attack us because we were at one with nature. Without a need to defend ourselves, we could abolish the capitalist war machine and the police and spend the money on hydroponics and Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs.

      After three years of Whitlam’s experiment in government by insanity, first the country and then the Labor party, rejected all this hippy crap and re-engaged the real world.

      32 years later and we are back in the same situation. A war that hasn’t gone to plan and seemingly limitless prosperity. The streets are filled with youths suffering drug-induced hallucinations, albeit rather more deadly ones than those caused by pre-hydroponic marijuana. Labor party policy is again been built around the premise that human nature will not be a factor in its success and all you need to create a paradise on earth is to be led by someone who can talk non-stop gibberish under wet concrete, such as Kevin Rudd.

      So maybe there is nothing that should be done to stop the ascension of Rudd. He might be just the madman to create the economic and social disaster that will shake the country back out of its daze, get the kids off ice, give them a proper education and put Phillip Adams back in his sarcophagus for good. The downside is that it will probably take another 20 or 30 years to fix his mess.

      Idealistic people will say that we should shake people out of their complacency before we make the mistake and elect Rudd. But we are in too deep now. It’s either take Rudd the laxative to clear out the blockage or have it continue to build up until it causes a fatal rupture.

      Think I’ll sit down now. I need a drink.

      Posted by Contrail on 2007 04 22 at 09:30 PM • permalink


    1. A John Denver fan has given Tim a stern rebuke in comments. I have never seen a wet lettuce leaf inflict so much damage.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 04 22 at 09:32 PM • permalink


    1. I’ve been so shamed by the Algorerhytmic Huckster’s gargantuan carbon hoof divot – my scrotum shrivels up at the mere mention of it – that I decided I needed to sell my ‘02 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4×4 4.7L V8 pickup and acquire an ‘07 Ram 1500 Mega Cab 4×4 with the LARGER 5.7L HEMI V8.

      Keepin’ up with the Jonses is pure, carboniferous hell.

      Posted by Hucbald on 2007 04 22 at 09:40 PM • permalink


    1. #7 – I believe the mass suicides from another Howard victory may be a better long term result.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 04 22 at 09:49 PM • permalink


    1. #8 No argument that when you compare John Denver and Tim Blair’s record sales that Timmeh is starting to look pretty bloody ordinary.

      However it is not too late – and if the Blair-meister can come up with a tune, I’m sure some of his loyal commenters can oblige him with some Werribee-themed lyrics.

      Heck, even I’d give it a go.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 04 22 at 09:54 PM • permalink


    1. Contrail, it could be argued the Whitlam Government existed, with modifications provided by Hawke and Keating, until 1996.

      Thank God the next Malcolm won’t be Fraser.

      Posted by ilibcc on 2007 04 22 at 09:55 PM • permalink


    1. I’m sorry I didn’t take the Maltby Bypass
      I’m sorry things ain’t what they used to be
      More than anything else I’m sorry for myself
      ‘Cos I’m in Werribee

      Dee dee dee dee dee dee …

      Posted by ilibcc on 2007 04 22 at 09:58 PM • permalink


    1. Is it just me or was this “Blog” a hell of a lot better when we were in charge?

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 04 22 at 10:04 PM • permalink


    1. Damn straight IT – but don’t let Tim ever tell us we don’t help him out:

      Well a simple kinda life never did Timmeh no harm
      A raisin him a family next to a sewage farm
      His days are all filled with an easy bogan charm
      Thank God he’s a Werribee boy

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 04 22 at 10:16 PM • permalink


    1. Contrail

      That sounds similar to the puke some lefty’s said after last election. Hoping the economy will take a dive to teach voters a lesson.

      Posted by armageddon on 2007 04 22 at 10:29 PM • permalink


    1. You fill up my senses, like a Werribee westerly
      like Tim’s uggboots in springtime, like a brand new blue flannie,
      like a bucket of KFC, found abondoned at Werribee Plaza
      You fill up Tim’s senses, it’s fuckin’ uncanny.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 04 22 at 10:34 PM • permalink


    1. #17 – That’s a fuckin’ grouse tune.

      In more exciting news, there’s a wonderful tete a’ tete going on down at the news brieflets post between 2 people I have never heard of.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 04 22 at 10:54 PM • permalink


    1. Well join in by all means.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 04 22 at 11:07 PM • permalink


    1. Nah. Threesomes are so messy and someone always feels left out. I’ll just play with myself in the corner.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 04 22 at 11:16 PM • permalink


    1. #16 exactly put, armageddon.  It’s the excuse they use not to follow through on their promse to immigrate/slash their wrists – they want to see if we all learn a lesson.

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 04 22 at 11:32 PM • permalink


    1. You’re soooooo sophmoric, Blair!

      Now, go to your room!

      Posted by Gravelly on 2007 04 23 at 12:07 AM • permalink


    1. Slightly OT: Bindi orders furry merchandise off zoo shelves.

      Bindi Irwin has joined the anti-fur campaign, instructing Australia Zoo to take a drink holder covered in fake fur off its shop shelves because it sent out the wrong message.

      Policy made by an eight year old is indistinguishable from that made by adult greenies. And “wrong message”? Her family business relies on exploiting animals. These drink holders will now most likely be trashed. (Unless they’re recycled as muffs.) How’s that for a wrong messgage, little moonbat?

      Posted by flying pigs over mecca on 2007 04 23 at 12:16 AM • permalink


    1. #19 Andrea

      Well join in by all means.

      Why did I read “go ahead, make my day”…

      Posted by flying pigs over mecca on 2007 04 23 at 12:20 AM • permalink


    1. Good grief – Gore’s religious festival is on my birthday this year!

      Posted by Louis on 2007 04 23 at 12:23 AM • permalink


    1. #23 Just reread my comment and it seems overly harsh of a little girl. That was not my intent. PIMF

      Posted by flying pigs over mecca on 2007 04 23 at 12:28 AM • permalink


    1. Now this I can believe-and I love honey

      Cellphones blamed for bee disappearance: “Mobile phones have been blamed for the mysterious disappearance of millions of bees, which play a vital role in both agriculture and horticulture. In the US, the commercial bee population has declined by about two-thirds because of an epidemic known as Colony Collapse Disorder, where nearly all the bees in a hive suddenly desert it. The condition is spreading to Europe, with leading English bee-keeper John Chapple reporting that 23 of his 40 hives in the London area have been deserted. The theory is that signals from mobile phones interfere with the bees’ natural radar, the in-built satellite-navigation systems that guide them home to the hive, however far they have flown in their quest for pollen. A German researcher has found that bees refuse to return to their hive when mobile phones are placed alongside it.”

      courtesy of-

      Posted by Hillyminx on 2007 04 23 at 12:54 AM • permalink


    1. #2

      (Who are the idiots who made up the dot over the capital ‘i’?)

      They’d be the capital I idiots, just dotting their I’s.

      Posted by kae on 2007 04 23 at 12:55 AM • permalink


    1. #27 hillyminx, have you noticed the buzzing sound you sometimes get on a bad line?  Could this be related?

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 04 23 at 01:29 AM • permalink


    1. #1
      I’m with Pogria Tim!

      Dammit Tim!!!
      You’ve gone from Famine to Feast in a couple of days.

      How the hell do we stay afloat in this deluge! It’s gonna take me an hour to read the threads let alone post a reply.

      Posted by Bonmot on 2007 04 23 at 03:24 AM • permalink


    1. #9 Hucbald
      You are a seriously sick and demented guy.
      Scrotum shinkingest riotus post of the week.

      Posted by Bonmot on 2007 04 23 at 03:28 AM • permalink


    1. #30 – Dont’ bother, Bonmot. 9 times out of 10 you just know that this hack, Blair, is going to be posting some delusional rant about Climate Change or some so called “Islamic Threat”. A stock standard quip covering these two things will hold you in good stead. Yawn.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 04 23 at 03:29 AM • permalink


    1. #9 Hucbald
      BTW – if you buy one of them things Leonardo DeCappucino and Cameron Dizzy will never speak to you again? They’re too busy driving their idiotic Prius’s.

      Posted by Bonmot on 2007 04 23 at 03:32 AM • permalink


    1. #32 Infidel.
      Will this do?
      Now that Timbo is in the grip of Uncle Rupert (anti-Howard, Rudd loving Bolshie that he is), Tim will be forced to write stuff like – Alan Ramsay is a Mardi Gras fairy with leather pants and Saddam Hussein is responsible for Glooobal Warmeing because the hemp in his noose was grown from genetically modified hemp.

      I’d say that nearly covers it…..

      Posted by Bonmot on 2007 04 23 at 03:47 AM • permalink


    1. #34 – Spot on. I also would have accepted -“If the left and their Islamofascist friends are so worried about globular wartmenting why are they always burning American flags?”

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 04 23 at 03:58 AM • permalink


    1. Just post anything. No one reads blogs any more. A radio presenter told me.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 04 23 at 04:00 AM • permalink


    1. #29 rebase

      #27 hillyminx, have you noticed the buzzing sound you sometimes get on a bad line?  Could this be related?

      No, it’s not. They’re watching you. But then, you always knew being in the VRWC was dangerous.

      Posted by flying pigs over mecca on 2007 04 23 at 04:22 AM • permalink


    1. #7 Contrail,

      I remember the time well.

      Whitlam’s remedies at the time were;

      we’ve run out money, we’ll just print more.

      we’ve run out again, we’ll borrow it from overseas, in secret.

      Posted by Pogria on 2007 04 23 at 04:41 AM • permalink


    1. Not completely OT.

      Did any of youse mob know that there is a hexagon shaped structure in the clouds surrounding the north pole of Saturn and that it was there twenty years ago?

      Do you think that if the anthropogenic climate blahdeblahblahblahs heard about this they might start worrying about being invaded by Saturnians and forget all about trying to carbon offset us to death for being alive?

      Posted by Janice on 2007 04 23 at 05:13 AM • permalink


    1. #12 Don’t think Fraser and Hawke/Keating were a continuation of Whitlam. The Whitlam ministry was seriously deranged in a Kim Jung-Il kind of way. Can’t really say that about Fraser, Hawke and Keating governments. The gripe with them is about their priorities versus mine. That said, I have serious doubts about the mental health of Fraser and Keating as men since they left parliament.

      #16 A bit harsh. We have the same conditions building as we had in 1972. Rudd is getting a free ride to the Lodge on a dotting media and the relentless propaganda that its time to change or be fried. Very few people seem to looking seriously as Rudd or his team to see if they have the skills to run a country. If people had done that in 1972, we would not have had a Whitlam government. But people did elect Whitlam and it allowed the public to purge itself of all the crazy ideas that came out of the 1960s. Australia started the 1980s on the same page as the rest of the world. That’s what I see with Rudd. Three years of Rudd might be enough to sink this crap about climate change and the peaceful Muslim once and for all.

      But I won’t vote for him

      Posted by Contrail on 2007 04 23 at 05:21 AM • permalink


    1. 29 & 37
      yep I have, but thought it was the bees nesting in the bbc wall again, up the chimney and in the outside dunny. Next time I am going to turn on the mobile-will keep you posted.
      We have killer bees here- at least they are VERY intimidating-they attack as soon as they hear the tractor or hedge cutters start and let me tell you it hurts like hell when several at time attack. Very hard to find a man to remove them. Last time had to block the chimney, start a smokey fire and stand by with vacuum cleaner- filled 3 bags full and not black sheep. Had to have a glass or two of Maker’s Mark and a good red to calm nerves, and then I did detect a buzz in ears!!!!!!!!!!

      Posted by Hillyminx on 2007 04 23 at 05:28 AM • permalink


    1. Do you think that if the anthropogenic climate blahdeblahblahblahs heard about this they might start worrying about being invaded by Saturnians and forget all about trying to carbon offset us to death for being alive?

      Well, I’ve heard the Saturnians can fly rings around us…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 04 23 at 10:53 AM • permalink


    1. #3 – Happy to do so, Dave. Prior to riding, it seems very para-friendly indeed.

      Posted by Tim B. on 2007 04 23 at 11:23 AM • permalink


    1. Let me tell you about my Sunday. First, I was peacefully having breakfast in a local Vermont diner. Outside of certain deep blue belts, Vermont is a pretty conservative place, trouble is, they have the numbers in the major city, but anyway. A CANADIAN guy decides that he is going to discourse on American Politics at the counter.  First he allows that Vermont has proven its progressive credentials, and that studies have shown that Vermont kids are just the smartest in the country. (There are no such studies, btw, he probably got his info from The Daily Kos) This is when I ask him, “did I hear right? Did you say you were Canadian?”. He says “Yeah.” I then asked him how he felt when Americans show up in his country and start talking politics at the top of their lungs in public places. I didn’t wait for an answer, I should have asked him to give us the morally superior take on why we deserved 911, but I didn’t, I was paying, and I didn’t really want to get into a fight with the Canuckistani, even though they freely boo our national anthem at PEE WEE ICE HOCKEY GAMES.

      So I am driving away steaming because I supressed the urge to deck this guy, when what do I come upon on the road? That’s right, a climate nazi driving their prius at barely 40 mph in a 55 , no-passing zone! Fortune smiled at me because the driver had his window open, and I figured it right about even with the tailpipe of my Suburban, I gunned the engine of course, passed him without much difficulty in a no passing zone given his low speed. I couldn’t help it, I was choking on the smug! First from that Canadian asshole, then the climate nazi.

      Then I wake up and Cheryl Crowe is telling us we need to restrict ourselves to “one sqare of toilet paper” to “save the planet”. Yeesh, not all of us have bidets on our biodiesel bus.

      These are the end times people! The enlightenment is over.

      Posted by moptop on 2007 04 23 at 12:27 PM • permalink


    1. Then I wake up and Cheryl Crowe is telling us we need to restrict ourselves to “one sqare of toilet paper” to “save the planet”

      Well, Cheryl might have a nice, smooth brownie that you can eat off of after one swipe with a Q-tip, but I’m Italian. It’s either a couple wads of Charmin or a to-fro with a corncob if I’m going to have that fresh feeling all day.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2007 04 23 at 02:36 PM • permalink


    1. #43 – you’re a mensch, Tim! Keep us posted when the review comes up. I may send the link to’s News site.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2007 04 23 at 02:38 PM • permalink


    1. What’s with the comments at that Telegraph column?  They’re arranged wrong, with the most recent at the top.  Do you guys hold your newspapers upside down or something down there?

      I’m glad is hosted in the USA.

      Posted by reese on 2007 04 23 at 09:03 PM • permalink


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