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• Actress Emma Booth will play Germaine Greer “in Hippie Hippie Shake, the screen adaptation of Oz magazine founder Richard Neville’s memoir.”

• Christopher Essex, professor of applied mathematics and director of program in theoretical physics at University of Western Ontario, asks: “What’s the average of a phone number?”

Ed Driscoll: “You never heard about global warming when Sinatra and Dino were playing Vegas and Miles Davis was Kind of Blue, did you? I rest my case. Especially since it’s becoming too hot, and I need to put it down.”

• Here’s to National Columnists Day!

• Bruce at Gay Patriot emails: “I don’t know if you heard about the scandal in South Carolina with their coke-dealing State Treasurer … That’s all fine and good, but here in North Carolina we have a $14,000-a-year State Legislator driving around in a $200,000 Ferrari!

• Another one for the list: “In May, Mr Hardy had blamed global warming for a collapse in annual profits from £22m to just £100,000.”

• Big article on malaria, from National Geographic.

• Some glass-nearly-empty gloom hunting from Tim Dunlop: “The PM claims that is ‘Very, very hard in the current economy’ to believe someone can’t get a job. There are surely some remote areas, for instance, where this simply isn’t true.”

• No racism at Larvatus Prodeo: “When these communities have engaged with economic ‘realities’, will they build a nice chamber of commerce in every township and camp? I’d suggest they call them all ‘Noel Pearsons Cabin’.”

• No racism at Larvatus Prodeo, part II: “I think a more apt description of Pearson would bbe to use a term of derision used by indigenious people to denigrate some of their own who aren’t true to their racial origins a ‘Coconut’ – Black on the Outside, but White in the Middle.”

• Reassuring news from senior Shia Muslim cleric Kamal Mousselmani: “Sheik Mousselmani said all of Australia’s approximately 30,000 Shi’ites were avid supporters of Hezbollah (Party of God) and haters of Israel.”

• Annoyed by power cuts? Destroy a KFC. You know it makes sense.

Posted by Tim B. on 06/24/2007 at 11:17 AM
    1. Larvatus Prodeo could never be rascist. They just prefer to think of people in the stereotypes that those at Larvatus Prodeo thinks they should conform to.

      Then denigrate people if they refuse to conform.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 24 at 11:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. Jeez, Tim. So many links. So little time.

      Such is the life of a Blairite. Let me get back to you.

      Posted by SandiM on 2007 06 24 at 11:43 AM • permalink

 

    1. #1 Ash_

      The Left takes great offense when minorities leave their assigned plantations and go off to fend for themselves. It is a very common phenomenon here in the States. Self-absorbed “activists” prefer they stay in the ghetto and turn to a life of crime when government handouts are insufficient; i.e. “keeping it real”.

      The activists’ only solution is, of course, more government handouts.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2007 06 24 at 11:44 AM • permalink

 

    1. San Francisco has discovered that bottled water causes global warming.

      Posted by Steven Den Beste on 2007 06 24 at 11:52 AM • permalink

 

    1. #3 Very true Spiny. Whereas those of us on the Right are proud of minorities leave their assigned plantations and fend for themselves. I’d love to see them do more of it.

      Most minority groups would do so much better if they were encouraged more to go out and improve their circumstances, rather than wait for the Government to help them.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 24 at 11:52 AM • permalink

 

    1. This “uncle tom” shit the left is flogging at Noel Pearson is beyond belief. What do they want? Aborigines to keep abusing, assaulting, dying at prodigious rates just so another public servant can write another report and everyone will feel so much better over coffee in the morning? Grrrr.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 06 24 at 11:55 AM • permalink

 

    1. Maree, that’s exactly what they want. Then they can blame John Howard for not doing something.

      The “something” being, of course, providing handouts.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 24 at 12:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well, Ash, I’ve never met Noel Pearson, but the spouse and I spend a fair amount of time fishing in the Top End, and there are lots of decent blackfellas who have been hanging out for just this action by the Fed Govt.

      The older people look back fondly on the 1960s, when men had jobs, women had a purpose beyond serving as a punching bag, and the kids went to school and learned to speak english rather than sniffing petrol.

      They’re lovely people off the booze, but the indigenous communities and the left are going to have to learn that the days of self-determination are over and done.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 06 24 at 12:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. I have a great deal of respect for Noel Pearson and the men and women who share his views, Maree. Throwing money at communities in trouble is only going to make the problems worse.

      The plan John Howard has put forward is going to force the communities to take some action to help themselves out, and that’s a great thing. The 1960s sound like the Aboriginal communities had things working pretty well.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 24 at 12:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. As I said, Ash, there’s a lot of nostalgia among the older people for those past days because life was stable. The old men and ladies who don’t drink are the only glue in the communities now. They do their best to look after the babies, but you can write off most aged between 10 and 40. Which pretty much equates to the three decades of leftoid influence that wrecked a race of people.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 06 24 at 12:41 PM • permalink

 

    1. #3 Spiny put it very well. One could contrast Shelby Steele with Sharpton. Thomas Sowell with Cornell West.

      Posted by greene on 2007 06 24 at 12:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. I think one of the main problems with the Left’s approach to a minority groups culture and modern day culture in Australia is that they don’t accept that the two cultures can coexist.

      But many ethnic groups have successfully done it, for the benefit of both the people in those communities and the wider public.

      I can’t for the life of me see how the Left can believe that Aboriginals finding jobs and working isn’t better for them than not working, getting bored, and getting on the drink to alleviate the boredom. Sadly, this kind of thinking was in power.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 24 at 12:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. That malaria article was scary.  Especially when you think how easy it would be for it make a comeback in the industrialized nations.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 06 24 at 12:54 PM • permalink

 

    1. Maree and Ash,
      I think the lefty response re Aboriginal issues can be best summed up as “careful!! you might do something!”. When you wade through all the bullshit on the topic at Luvvy Prod, there is not a single practical suggestion from any of those wankers to help these kids, not one.
      Some of them rhetorically ask “why just Aboriginals?”. Glad you asked, and stay tuned. Wouldn’t you love to see the Howard plan succeed, and then have the majority of the population clamouring for exactly the same measures to be applied across Australia, regardless of race/religion/postcode? Yes, we should start in Adelaide.
Posted by Muzza on 2007 06 24 at 12:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. From that KFC story:

      Police and paramilitary troops were meanwhile making preparations ahead of protests scheduled by Islamic parties today against Britain’s award of a knighthood to novelist Salman Rushdie.

      Well, there you go.  In their blind rage, the protesters mistook Harland Sanders for the author of The Satanic Verses.

      See also this Mo-Toons incident.

      (Mind you, some of the things KFC has done with chicken seem rather blasphemous.  Take “popcorn chicken.”)

      Posted by Apostic on 2007 06 24 at 01:01 PM • permalink

 

    1. It was the Jooooos sucking up power by frying chicken at the American Satan KFC that led to the power outages.  And everybody knows that banks are secret Joooo headquarters. All that money and concentrated Joooity was drawing power out of the atmosphere.  Now that the banks and KFC have been looted, the electricity is once again free to flow through the power lines. If it doesn’t, suicide bombings of the infidel ATMs will be in order.

      Posted by SwampWoman on 2007 06 24 at 01:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. Rebecca, I had my first dose of malaria last year after travelling through Papua New Guinea. My husband still has bouts after contracting it in Vietnam in the 1960s. It’s the most rotten disease. You think you’re going to die from it, after a day or two you hope so. Then you realise you’re going to live and it will keep coming back. I don’t care what the greens say about DDT, it has more good points than bad.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 06 24 at 01:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. #14 Muzza, I would love to see it succeed. I’d love to see all kids get treated well. But it’s not going to happen with anyone on the Left in power.

      If the Howard plan works as well as it appears it should, I think it’d be great to make it nationwide, regardless of race, religion, postcode.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 24 at 01:09 PM • permalink

 

    1. “I think a more apt description of Pearson would bbe to use a term of derision used by indigenious people to denigrate some of their own who aren’t true to their racial origins a ‘Coconut’ – Black on the Outside, but White in the Middle.”

      So they don’t sell Oreos in Australia?  You learn something new everyday!

      Posted by jic on 2007 06 24 at 01:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. jic beat me to it.  Coconut is for hispanics.  Oreo is for blacks, sorry, ‘aboriginal Australians’, or whatever.

      Posted by Secundus on 2007 06 24 at 02:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. #4 Steven: Great link, and another brick in the wall of insanity that a once-great city is building around itself. It’s strange when you think how San Fran used to be a wide-open town, the “Barbary Coast”, a nest of outlaws, robber barons, gamblers, shanghai goons, and then look upon its mounting petty tyrannies in modern times. I perticularly liked this line from the article: “ . . . exceptions will be made in cases where potable water is not easily available or poses health concerns.” How much do you want to bet that every politician and well-connected interest group in town will slide through that loophole?

      Posted by paco on 2007 06 24 at 02:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. Ash,
      I think the Left are terrified it will work, which it WILL provided Howard et al are around to see it through. Apart from losing a cause to patronise and pontificate on, what terrifies them is that they know what is next -the widespread application of similar measures based on the same expectations of social responsibility.
      I can’t wait for the squealing then..

      Posted by Muzza on 2007 06 24 at 02:16 PM • permalink

 

    1. “What’s the average of a phone number?”

      Har! I’ve had students who tried to average phone numbers, and zip codes. Sad. Very sad,

      Posted by rightwingprof on 2007 06 24 at 04:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. #17, Mr. H and I visited Central America about a year and a half ago, and the reality of malaria hit home when we were given cans of insect repellent and told to spray ourselves thoroughly, on both the bus tours we took.  The guides were quite insistent about it.  When we returned home, we discovered we couldn’t donate blood for a year because we had been outside the confines of Belize City.

      I remember widespread DDT spraying in the local neighborhoods when I was a child.  And I remember my grandparents talking about people they knew who were sick with “the ague”, which was malaria.  No one in the US gets that anymore, as far as I know, but is that only a matter of time?

      The real crime is, malaria kills millions more people than AIDS, and look how little attention it gets.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 06 24 at 05:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. If Larvatus Proteo is being racist, can we get them on trademark violations?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 06 24 at 05:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. #25: Well, no, I’m afraid not. You see – heh – they already paid a fee to Purveyors Of Anybody’s Copyright Online.

      Posted by paco on 2007 06 24 at 06:01 PM • permalink

 

    1. Operating out of China, are you?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 06 24 at 06:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. re 7. “Maree, that’s exactly what they want. Then they can blame John Howard for not doing something.”

      “The “something” being, of course, providing handouts.”

      Ash, you are completely wrong on that. the “something” is of course saying “sorry” – its perfect for the left, it is symbolic but not useful and, when it fails to fix anything, they can say “but he didn’t really mean it”.

      Posted by Harry Buttle on 2007 06 24 at 06:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. #27: What intellectual property rights?

      Posted by paco on 2007 06 24 at 06:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. I think the Good Prof’s slightly sardonic article on averages hits the spot.  To me it encapsulates the total ignorance and lack of understanding so many use to propagate their fantastic beliefs in the world heating up by an average .003278643 degrees per second, day, night, winter, summer. These people I have collectively labelled People Against Climatic Olteration (short title PACO).

      And a while ago I forecast the first three actions of a kreepy krudster kovernment (KKK).  Slight alteration

      1. Cancel JoHos indigenuous actions.  Set up a study group headed by the now seatless democrat lynn allison, assisted by jon scumhope.
      2. Raise GST by 2.5%(first tranche)
      3. Withdraw all Oz forces to the Beazley/White line, cancelling initiatives to strengthen Navy and Army.

      His statements of support mean nothing at all.

      Cheers
      Rod C

      Posted by Rod C on 2007 06 24 at 06:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. Paco—If property is theft and thought is property, than thought must be theft… we may have to pardon Ward Churchill his plagiarism…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 06 24 at 07:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. #31: Now, wait, let me see if I can figure this out. If property is theft . . . and thought is property, then . . . hmmm . . . carry the one . . . then thought must be theft. Dang! Maybe you’re right. We don’t have to pardon him for being a liar and a fake Indian, though, do we?

      Posted by paco on 2007 06 24 at 07:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. For those interested in the fall of Singapore, have just read The Bridge at Parit Sulong and recommend it. Story of the retreat, surrender, massacres and subsequent war crimes investigations and trials.

      Lt Col Charles Anderson awarded a Victoria Cross, to go with the Military Cross he won in in WW1. Not bad for a slightly built bespectacled farmer from Crowther NSW.

      As Rodney Rude might say “and, ladies and gentlemen, he was an angry little prick

      Memorial to be unveiled up there (Singapore) next week.

      Posted by Pickles on 2007 06 24 at 07:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. #30 Rod C. No doubt the ignorant PACO members also think that 30°C is twice as hot as 15°C.
      I have yet to see a figure for the Earth’s ‘temperature’ in any scale. But obviously it must exist somewhere, otherwise how can they claim that it is increasing by .0003278643 degrees per second.
      Because the warmerers base their alarms on greenhouse effects, one could assume that they are measuring air temperature.
      But is it air temperature at sea level (’average’ about +16°C), stratosphere temperature (’average’ about -55°C), or ‘average’ temperatures taken throughout the entire atmosphere?

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 06 24 at 07:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. I cannot believe the abuse and chagrin being displayed at Lav Paper. They are filthy that Pearson is doing something. Why? THEY want to be the ones who care and pontificate endlessly. For the hated right to be the carers and worse, doers is like a stab to the heart of that lot.

      The worst thing is, have a look at what they have written. No one, no one has even mentioned children at risk at all.They couldn’t care less. Its all about politics. Disgraceful.

      Posted by Nic on 2007 06 24 at 07:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. Paco—no, we just have to dress him up in a thong and a Sioux war bonnet and kick him out of the van in front of a reservation casino…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 06 24 at 07:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. The Aboriginal communities, on “native title” lands are the ultimate applied Socialist experiment. No economy, no-one owns their patch (the land and houses are owned by gov’t or “tribe”) and everyone living on handouts.

      It is anathema and apostasy to acknowledge that they have been not just a failure, but a spectacular, hellish, and vile abuse of the people involved.

      (Native title, ladies and gentleman, is a worthless collective title. Give individual aboriginals ACTUAL title or stop bloody well pretending.)

      Posted by wreckage on 2007 06 24 at 07:55 PM • permalink

 

    1. #34: Oh, come on, Skeeter. We’re not that dumb.

      Calls down to factory floor. “Joe? Paco. You know that new line of thermometers we’re producing? Yeah, the combination centigrade and fahrenheit jobs. Stop production. There’s been a little snafu.”

      Posted by paco on 2007 06 24 at 08:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. Its all about politics.

      Politics is for pampered lefties what team sports are for the rest of the population. Consequently, Larval Rodeo (and most lefty blogs, really) reads like the political equivalent of sports talk radio…vent, complain that whatever’s being done is stupid, vent some more, bitch that the people in charge are actively sabotaging things, vent more, sneer dismissively at any alternative suggestion to the current course of action, finish your venting; all the while not offering a single realistic proposal yourself.

      Posted by PW on 2007 06 24 at 08:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. Most lefty academic blogs, to be specific.

      Posted by PW on 2007 06 24 at 08:43 PM • permalink

 

    1. RebeccaH and MareeS—tell me about it; I’ve lived in Florida all my life, and malaria would devastate this place. We’ve already had cases of encephalitis, West Nile Virus, and meningitis—all passed via mosquitos. If we didn’t pesticide the hell out of this place it would be worse; with all the people moving here you’d think they’d realize that for all of the problems pesticides cause, they are nothing compared to a malaria epidemic. Oh—not to mention Yellow Fever, which used to make life hell here too.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 06 24 at 08:44 PM • permalink

 

    1. #41 Andrea: how right you are. when we lived in Miami, Mrs. Paco had to go to the hospital twice just from mosquito bites. Apparently, new strains are evolving all the time.

      Posted by paco on 2007 06 24 at 08:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. Wow, really? I used to get mosquito bites all the time. I moved up to Orlando in ‘99… I haven’t gotten anything from mosquitos yet as far as I know… I don’t get bitten too much these days. My blood’s too sour, I guess.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 06 24 at 09:04 PM • permalink

 

    1. #43: Yes, some mosquitoes carried enzymes or some kind of stuff to which she was extremely allergic. There’s a particularly nasty mosquito down there (tiger mosquito, maybe?) that’s particularly painful. As Old Paco says, it’s got a needle 12 inches long with a propeller on the end.

      Posted by paco on 2007 06 24 at 09:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. Dumb turds at Larvatus Prodeo. Whoever heard of a black coconut, inside or outside?

      Posted by slatts on 2007 06 24 at 10:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. The pessimist looks at the glass and says “It’s half empty.” The optimist looks at the glass and says “It’s half full.” The engineer looks at the glass and says “You used the wrong sized glass.”

      About that North Carolina legislator with a 200 grand Ferrarri, the real question is this:  Is he an honest politician?  That, by definition, is a politician who stays bought.

      Destroying a KFC and a couple of banks makes as much sense as anything else Muslims do when they get outraged about something.

      I like Sheikh Mouselmani’s barefaced lying, that Hezbollah is against suicide bombing.  It was Hezbollah that introduced the tactic to the practice of Muslim terrorism.  The USMC still has a bone to pick with Hezbollah over that matter, and I for one would be pleased to see a division of Marines let loose in Hezbollahstan there in Lebanon with orders to show them that payback is a bitch.  You know the Marines’ motto:  “Complete destruction in thirty minutes or your money cheerfully refunded.” That’s the kind of responsive customer service that PACO companies all over the world should aspire to.

      And to the Sheikh and his pals the Aussie Shi’a I would merely say this:  do you know what happened to the last bunch who wanted to kill all the Jews?  If you think the West has been mean to you so far, you ain’t seen nothing yet.  If you take the side of that evil you are gonna get your asses burned.  You have been warned.

      Posted by Michael Lonie on 2007 06 24 at 10:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. Rhetorically, I ask: What does “[not] true to their racial origins” mean?

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 06 24 at 10:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. #46 Michael L… hate to say this, and pray that I’m wrong, but I don’t see any real evidence that the West even understands the mussie threat, let alone has the intention to get really mean. There will, I fear, have to be repetitions of 9/11, Bali London etc and even then our leaders will do little of real value

      Glad you like the shrieik’s barefaced lying.  It’s is part of their religion, a doctrine called taqquiya (you need a couple of mouthfuls of snot to say it).

      Cheers
      RodC

      Posted by Rod C on 2007 06 24 at 11:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. #47 Leftist racism busted bad.

      Posted by daddy dave on 2007 06 24 at 11:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. There will, I fear, have to be repetitions of 9/11, Bali London etc and even then our leaders will do little of real value

      That is the course we are on. There will be repetitions. Of that, sadly, we can be sure.
      Will they have a galvanizing effect, eventually? God, you would hope so. surely after enough killing, people will wise up to the fact that a tiger is stalking them.

      Posted by daddy dave on 2007 06 24 at 11:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. #46: Well said, Michael – all of it. There’s another Marine saying: “The USMC: When it absolutely, positively has to be destroyed overnight.”

      Posted by paco on 2007 06 25 at 12:09 AM • permalink

 

    1. Re lefty racism – Coconuts.  Contrary to popular belief, there were black coconuts in Vietnam 1970….. Napalm does that.

      Cheers
      RodC

      Posted by Rod C on 2007 06 25 at 12:21 AM • permalink

 

    1. Thanks Tim for posting that article about malaria

      I wonder if Rachel Carson feels any remorse for being the main reason for the deaths of 20 million kidlets from malaria in Africa?

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2007 06 25 at 12:33 AM • permalink

 

    1. Actress Emma Booth will play Germaine Greer

      Please tell me this is some kind of joke!

      Emma is a Babe with capital B. As for Germs – well, forever ugly even in her prime. You see, the bitterness has always been written on the face and this is a look totally unachievable by Babe Booth.

      Posted by Bonmot on 2007 06 25 at 01:59 AM • permalink

 

    1. I think a more apt description of Pearson would bbe to use a term of derision used by indigenious people to denigrate some of their own who aren’t true to their racial origins a ‘Coconut’ – Black on the Outside, but White in the Middle

      Strange.  I asked Kimmy and the leftoid twit whatshisface when they were going to brand Pearson a Bounty Bar and Uncle Tom.  They removed my comment.

      Posted by murph on 2007 06 25 at 04:17 AM • permalink

 

    1. now that kamal mousselmani has given us the benefit of his take on the views of all australian shi’ites, can we now dispense with the superfluous letters & punctuation & openly call them shits?

      Posted by KK on 2007 06 25 at 11:32 AM • permalink

 

    1. “What’s the average of a phone number?”

      I’m a bit of skeptic myself, but I’m not convinced by this reasoning.
      First, the comparison with phone numbers is tenuous, because a phone number doesn’t represent an amount. Temperature does, and not only that, temperature is on an interval scale, so it certainly can be averaged.
      If you can’t average different places, then surely you can’t average different times either (average daily max for March, etc).

      Where I think he’s on strong ground is attacking the concept of a global temperature without further definitions. Because, as skeeter said at #34

      is it air temperature at sea level (’average’ about +16°C), stratosphere temperature (’average’ about -55°C), or ‘average’ temperatures taken throughout the entire atmosphere?

      Or perhaps ground surface temperature. Never made clear. I haven’t looked deeply into this, how they are measuring temperature, but there’s a lot of room for ambiguity.

      Posted by daddy dave on 2007 06 25 at 12:39 PM • permalink

 

  1. #55 You’re white in the middle if you give a rat’s back end about blacks. I’m flattered by the conclusion if confused by the reasoning.

    Posted by wreckage on 2007 06 26 at 10:32 AM • permalink