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As foretold in Kingstonian prophesy, fifty years from now children will every day be directed to crucial information by an image of Super Margo:

Remember the little photo you can click on to read all the news on your school palmtop? That’s the picture of the woman who started all this. She was called Margo Kingston.

Why wait until 2055? Iowahawk brings you the future TODAY!

Posted by Tim B. on 09/24/2005 at 02:06 PM
    1. Can someone please explain the joke about the bold tags? I want to laugh, but I’m on the outside here looking to get in 🙁

      Posted by JSchuler on 09/24 at 02:28 PM • permalink
    1. The man is an evil genius.

      Posted by C.L. on 09/24 at 02:42 PM • permalink
    1. Wow, talk about your hellish apocalyptic visions of the future!  That makes the Orwellian world of 1984 seem like the Jetsons.

      Posted by Randal Robinson on 09/24 at 02:58 PM • permalink
    1. I’ll pay this one! 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Posted by Steve at the pub on 09/24 at 03:00 PM • permalink
    1. JS – it’s something about Margo paying some ungodly sum of money to someone to edit the comments section of her blog. Lots of jokes abounded here about expensive bold tags and italics and stuff.

      Posted by Dave S. on 09/24 at 03:05 PM • permalink
    1. It’s an unlikely picture of the future.  For one thing, all the bold tags are closed.

      Posted by rhhardin on 09/24 at 03:22 PM • permalink
    1. Dang it, Tim!  You’re exposing your loyal readers to possible eye damage.  My complaint to Iowahawk went unheeded, I see (barely!).

      If you blind everyone, how are you going to pay for all those long lunches with expensive wine?  Not to mention the bolding.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 09/24 at 04:37 PM • permalink
    1. Oh my God! They killed Seymour Butts!

      The bastards.

      … but they missed many others. 🙂

      Posted by Evil Pundit on 09/24 at 05:40 PM • permalink
    1. Yeah, that PF Journey comment is obviously taking the piss out of them:

      Hi Margo, Congratulations. Cannot leave you alone for a second and you are off and running already. Be back soon.

      What, you mean it’s not?

      Posted by PW on 09/24 at 06:32 PM • permalink
    1. JSchuler: This’ll catch you up on bold tags:
      “I’m a Really Senior Journalist” 09/01/2005
      Your Choice of Headline Goes Here 09/05/2005
      Mm Hmmm 09/06/2005
      New Deputy Assistant Bolderer Required 09/07/2005
      Bolding Blows Budget 09/09/2005

      Posted by m on 09/24 at 07:10 PM • permalink
    1. As a one-time member of the ‘old media’, I’m still struggling to find anything that Margo does as new media.

      The one thing I object to more than any other is the demand for a full name.

      What does the old media do:

      Demand a verifable name and address
      Moderate/edit comments

      Just like on Margo’s site.

      Implicit in Margo’s site is dominant-submissive game being played where Margo is the dom and those who wish to play must be her subbies.

      The demand for the name is the first act of submission.

      — Nick

      Posted by The Thin Man Returns on 09/24 at 07:22 PM • permalink
    1. Really, if she’s going to have her picture on every electronic monitor, the wise (and kind) thing to do would be to hire someone to photoshop her a new hairdo.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 09/24 at 07:45 PM • permalink
    1. On that note, I want the full name of the child and father referenced in Jack Smit’s speech from the other day.

      Posted by PW on 09/24 at 07:46 PM • permalink
    1. #12 Maybe it would be better to photoshop a burqa onto her, as was recently done in an instance related by LGF.

      Posted by cuckoo on 09/24 at 08:14 PM • permalink
    1. Her parents should be very proud.

      Posted by captain on 09/24 at 08:28 PM • permalink
    1. Ugh, this is a vision of the future. Margo is ‘Big Sister’ Think about it, she’s already created ‘Newspeak’ and continually models misspelling and the things that she said in the past about Latho or the ‘Zionists’ never ‘actually’ happened.

      Posted by Nic on 09/24 at 08:33 PM • permalink
    1. If that’s truly a picture of the future, then the theories of intelligent design and evolution are BOTH wrong. On a more optimistic note, I think I read somewhere that the Mayans predicted the world would end in the year 2014. Brother, I’m packed and ready to go.

      Posted by paco on 09/24 at 08:46 PM • permalink
    1. Idiot midget Mike Carlton has a vision for the future. Here’s mad Mike’s wet dream – Latham as Prime Minister.

      Posted by Deo Vindice on 09/24 at 09:35 PM • permalink
    1. I never realised how evil Margo looks…

      Posted by Hanyu on 09/24 at 10:12 PM • permalink
    1. To be fair Tim, you should pay Iowahawk for his submission.

      Actually, to be fair you owe Margo for the increased traffic to your blog, in the process making you million$.

      But of course, you’ll pay neither a thin Australian cent.  You greedy capitalist.

      Posted by wronwright on 09/24 at 11:10 PM • permalink
    1. Seriously, I’ve been too scared to look-especially since one of the Jeffs said I could go blind-can anyone write a “word- portrait”?

      Posted by madawaskan on 09/24 at 11:18 PM • permalink
    1. mad:

      It’s a PDA with a picture of Margo Kingston on it, basically.

      I don’t think she’s overly ugly, but then her writings make up for it and push her into the “diseased soul” department. That would make her ugly even if her physical beauty matched Helen of Troy’s.

      Posted by Patrick Chester on 09/25 at 12:01 AM • permalink
    1. You don’t think this person is overly ugly?


      Damn.  I hate to see someone you think is.

      Posted by wronwright on 09/25 at 12:22 AM • permalink
    1. Helen of Troy at her peak, or if we went and dug her up now and took a peek?
      Aaaaaaaaaarrrrrrgh!Diseased soul…that’s gonna stick with me for awhile.  That’s about as ugly as one can get-someone without hope.

      Posted by madawaskan on 09/25 at 12:25 AM • permalink
    1. Iowahawk!

      Help wanted-bolding expert.


      And they shall mark this day in-August, erh September the day the word-

      BOLDING was invented.

      09/23/2005 B.M. {Before Margo-erh, maybe that fits better for apres Margeaux?}

      Posted by madawaskan on 09/25 at 12:31 AM • permalink
    1. wronwright-

      Look Patrick gives a gal like me hope-darn it!

      Posted by madawaskan on 09/25 at 12:33 AM • permalink
    1. Oops! Make that 09/25/05 B.M.

      {Damn Aussies always one day/beer or sooo ahead of us….}

      Posted by madawaskan on 09/25 at 12:36 AM • permalink
    1. Iowahawk invented the word “BOLDING”?  I think not.  My god.  Does the man get credit for EVERYTHING because he’s “Iowahawk”? (wiggles fingers in a curly fashion)

      What’s next, he gets credit for the word “everything”?  Can he do no wrong?

      (I get so ill listening to Karl drone on about Iowahawk.  I wonder if they made him move lakes?)

      Posted by wronwright on 09/25 at 12:45 AM • permalink
    1. wron

      Bolding!? I’m not finding it in the Americo dictionary….

      Is it perhaps an Aussie rules rugby term for basically grown men sizing each other up?

      {PS-Next time you see Karl tell him I suggest taking the Aussies during a cricket scrum…}

      Posted by madawaskan on 09/25 at 01:12 AM • permalink
    1. Hope I’m not going to scare anybody with my sarcastic remarks over at webdiary but me thinks 50 years is simply not a long time in the big scheme of things.

      Posted by Rod Finch on 09/25 at 01:58 AM • permalink
    1. #30 – Rod – funny, I only moments ago saw your comment.  Beautiful work; beautiful work.

      Now I expect someone here to own up to this one – who gets the credit, come on, take your standing ovation (WD comment on “WA launch” thread):

      “This article is a work of genius that will stand as the quintessence of 21st Century journalism for generations to come.

      Bravo, Margo!

      Posted by: Hugh Mann | 24/09/2005 9:27:16 PM”


      Posted by Ck on 09/25 at 02:47 AM • permalink
    1. Take all the self-congratulation out of Webdiary, and it’s nearly gone.  Then remove the Howard-hating, and there’s nothing left.

      Posted by slammer on 09/25 at 03:27 AM • permalink
    1. CkHart – I know who it is, but my lips are sealed. Whoever it is will no doubt reveal all in due course.

      My own poor contribution, in my own name, said exactly what I thought. Certainly I think that the article was Fantastic in the original sense, and a Fable worthy of the Age.

      I urge everyone else to lavish the praise on Margot that she so richly deserves. Don’t hold back. Nominations for the Nobel Prize for Literature should be considered. Peace Prize too. I mean, she deserves all that and more. At least a Pulitzer

      Such a wonder, a Lusus Naturae, is rare enough in any Millenium. We should all consider ourselves fortunate, no, honoured, to have the privilege of being on the planet at the same time as Margot.

      A suggestion of the type of thing I mean:

      You know, once in a while it is my pleasure, and my privilege, to view an article by one of the truly great international journalists of our time. And recently we have seen one such article. An article by someone whom I’ve always personally admired, perhaps more deeply, more strongly, more abjectly than ever before. A woman, well, more than a woman, a goddess, a great goddess, whose personality is so totally and utterly wonderful my feeble words of praise sound wretchedly and pathetically inadequate. Someone whose boots I would gladly lick clean until holes wore through my tongue, a woman who is so totally and utterly wonderful, that I would rather be sealed in a pit of my own filth, than dare tread on the same ground as her. Ladies and gentlemen, the incomparably superior human being, Margot Kingston.

      Montgomery Python

      Posted by Zoe Brain on 09/25 at 04:01 AM • permalink
    1. Margo reminds me of this lady, in looks if not character

      Posted by graboy on 09/25 at 04:29 AM • permalink
    1. Sorry. Seems I can’t do links yet

      Posted by graboy on 09/25 at 04:30 AM • permalink
    1. Try
      (You must Cut and paste or type it in)

      Posted by Zoe Brain on 09/25 at 04:57 AM • permalink
    1. Personally, I think this one is more appropriate.

      Posted by Zoe Brain on 09/25 at 05:03 AM • permalink
    1. Nah! This pic of a beagle that looks kinda human is the one.

      Posted by Deo Vindice on 09/25 at 05:51 AM • permalink
    1. Note, too, as an example of Webdiary’s pioneering role in supple electronic news delivery, its rigorous observance of that hallowed internet tradition, the no-post weekend.

      Also: every post must read like a turgid, unedited article by a failed academic on an issue that briefly occupied public attention between 18 and 24 months ago.

      Posted by Imre on 09/25 at 06:54 AM • permalink
    1. #8 dammit! I missed the only post I’ve managed to get on webdiary. The problem with these committee-run blogs is that one has to sit around until one of Margo’s worker drones green-lights it.

      I’ve tried again under a different pseudonym.

      Posted by ArtVandelay on 09/25 at 07:50 AM • permalink
    1. Margo will spend a fortune on bold tags but can’t see her way clear to cover the costs for a measly set of pom poms for me as part of her cheer squad for public webdiary events.
      This is a travesty! What about the rights of the worker? One could start becoming a little disillusioned.

      Posted by Rod Finch on 09/25 at 08:38 AM • permalink
    1. Sadly, no one seems to use my favorite Margo snap anymore –

      Posted by Cracker Barrel Philosopher on 09/25 at 08:46 AM • permalink
    1. We have reached the pivot point in the Battle of the Bold. We have one last chance…

      A bunch of us younger Roovies are sick of hearing “Iowahawk” this…

      Actually he probably googles himself- so from now on let’s just call him Iowacluck.

      Anyways-we plan on luring Iowacluck out of his Mommy’s basement-probably by promising him his first beer.

      Then we are going to kidnap him, tie him up and offer him up as a Virgin Sacrifice to the MarGodex.

      It’s our only hope!  If we don’t pull this off the name ROVE could be wiped from the scrolls/Palm Pilots for Eternity!!!

      Posted by madawaskan on 09/25 at 10:15 AM • permalink
    1. Oh my god.  (Sorry, I seem to be saying that a lot, what with the serial postings about Margo).  You mean there is a worse picture than the one I posted?

      Maybe that’s what Patrick was saying:  relatively speaking, Margo’s first picture is not as bad as it could be.

      Posted by wronwright on 09/25 at 10:15 AM • permalink
    1. No, sorry madawaskan.  Iowahawk is held in highest esteem by Lord Rove.  The man loves the guy.  Raves about him.  On and on and on. 

      Rove also seems to like Richard McEnroe.  And RebeccaH.  And Dave S.  And even Andrea.  And would you believe, even some Aussies.  They get the black helicopters, the Hummers, the gasoline allowances, first class accomodations.  And the fat biweekly pay checks.

      Frankly, I worry for Karl’s sanity.

      (when do I get mine???)

      Posted by wronwright on 09/25 at 10:23 AM • permalink
    1. He also likes a few people you would never suspect.

      (I wonder if he’ll get it…)

      Posted by PW on 09/25 at 11:34 AM • permalink
    1. #8 Evil Pundit

      Regarding the kidnapping and disappearance of the esteemed “Seymour Butts” from Webdiary, I’d note Margo didn’t even leave a note….

      Which funnily enough is a violation of Webdiary’s ethics

      “6. I will let you know when archives have been changed except when changes do not alter their substance, for example corrections to spelling or grammar. I will amend archived Webdiary entries to include corrections of fact and advise you accordingly.”


      Posted by ekb87 on 09/25 at 12:39 PM • permalink
    1. wronwright: Well, massive boils, burn scars, etc. tend to push people into the “ugly” category for me. Margo looks very plain, though your color photo brings out more details that aren’t flattering.

      Her eyes, for example, seem… wrong. That didn’t leap out on Iowahawk’s photoshop.

      Posted by Patrick Chester on 09/25 at 03:04 PM • permalink
    1. Seriously, I’ve been too scared to look-

      Amen.  These warnings are not posted lightly.  I looked at the atrocities that jic posted on the previous thread, and have been flinching and twitching ever since.  Afraid to sleep, too, lest the dreams be unbearable.

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 09/25 at 03:25 PM • permalink
    1. #42: Whew, man, was that taken after a riot in cell block four? Kinda like “The Picture of Dorian Gray’s Pet Carp”.

      Posted by paco on 09/25 at 05:21 PM • permalink
    1. Cracker Barrel Philosopher,
      Jeez. And to think I trusted you.

      Posted by m on 09/25 at 05:44 PM • permalink
    1. What on earth is wrong with you all? Why isn’t Tim in the Top 10 google hits for BOLDING???

      Time to crack the whip! Get to it!

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 09/25 at 08:10 PM • permalink
    1. He’s the top hit for ’expensive bolding‘ though. And that’s really the only kind of bolding we’re concerned with, here. Who cares about freeware bolding?

      Posted by PW on 09/25 at 08:58 PM • permalink
    1. Bold tags are not just for the private sector to be traded freely by mutual exchange. Margo Kingston covers the $2.4 billion bold bid by Mark Latham to remedy the market failure of this precious societal commodity.

      Election 2007 – Opposition Leader Julia Gillard announces new star candidate Margo Kingston to replace outgoing Member for Fraser Bob McMullan in the capacity of Shadow Spokesidiot for Bolding.

      In a moving statement Kingston is “thappy” to stand on her record. “By the 2010/11 fiscal year no man, woman or child will be deprived of access to bolding and if they are I will resign! The Bolding Credits Scheme has been costed and ready to be implemented upon us winning government, we can hit the ground running!”

      Posted by Hank Reardon on 09/25 at 09:48 PM • permalink
    1. Deo Vindice #38,

      Thanks for giving me the opportunity to do my Paul Hogan impression: “That’s not a beagle. “This is a beagle.”

      (Beagle from Dogomania).

      Posted by jgm on 09/26 at 03:19 AM • permalink
    1. #55. Lol! And to think that beagles were once used in scientific tests. I bring you the ‘Smoking Beagles’!!

      Posted by Deo Vindice on 09/26 at 05:16 AM • permalink
    1. This one won’t last long so I’ll copy and paste it.
      Look at the name!! LOLIvan Stewart, I don’t share your pessimism regarding Webdiary and your assertion of people like Marilyn Shepherd being lunatics was a little out of line and unproductive.

      Call it what you will but anger, bitterness or even hatred does not make somebody a “loony”.

      We should keep posts on a civil level and refrain from insulting fellow Webdiarists with unfounded diatribes.

      Posted by: Mike Littress | 26/09/2005 6:26:32 PM

      Posted by Hank Reardon on 09/26 at 05:27 AM • permalink
    1. Rod Finch, Zoe Brain, and “Hugh Mann” have all vanished, dragged of to Webdiary’s “Do-Not-Publish Dungeon for Naughty Boys and Girls”.

      Ray Nagin seems to be surviving though.

      Posted by ekb87 on 09/26 at 10:09 AM • permalink
    1. Re #58, while Rod, Zoe and Hugh may have been banished, if my school-boy German is not letting me down, there is still one naughty intruder making a statement about the Margonauts! I wonder if they can pick it up.

      Posted by AlphaMikeFoxtrot on 09/29 at 09:06 AM • permalink

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