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July 6, 2013

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  1. July 7, 2013 12:21 am

    I fucking love atheism.

  2. July 7, 2013 12:27 am

    2 words…

    Martin

    Atchet

  3. July 7, 2013 1:46 am

    Not what you’ze think…

  4. egg permalink
    July 7, 2013 7:56 am

    There maybe 60 billion planets in the Milky Way which are capable of harbouring life, so I’m punting we are not alone and have been tampered with.

  5. Dianne permalink
    July 7, 2013 8:04 am

    I am certain some of us have been tampered with. They walk among us.

  6. egg permalink
    July 7, 2013 8:10 am

    Not too sure about that, although the superstitious Chinese rural workers think aliens walk amongst us.

    Oh my dog, kev thinks he’s charismatic…

    ‘Kevin Rudd’s Labor Party is frantically redirecting campaign funding into seats it had long written off under former prime minister Julia Gillard.

    ‘With Mr Rudd launching a national advertising campaign portraying himself as a leader seeking to rise above petty, negative politics on Sunday, the funds will be spent on opposition and ALP seats the party now sees as winnable.’

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2013/rudd-shoots-from-lip-as-election-map-is-redrawn-20130706-2pim0.html#ixzz2YJ0zxkMD

  7. Dianne permalink
    July 7, 2013 8:25 am

    I have just read an interview with the Slovenian thinker whose name resembles a bar of high scoring Scrabble letters: Slavoj Zizek. He keeps his clothes in the kitchen cupboards. How eccentric is that? Love him. That info is enough to place him on my short list of People Who Can Do No Wrong.

  8. egg permalink
    July 7, 2013 8:36 am

    Just came across these appalling stats in the Guardian.

    ‘According to a UN survey released this April, 99.3% of Egyptian women reported being sexually harassed, with 91% saying they feel insecure in the street as a result.’

  9. Dianne permalink
    July 7, 2013 9:19 am

    Add to that Egg the news on the ABC this morning that women, Egyptian and foreign, are being set upon and raped as a consequence of the break down in order.

  10. TB Queensland permalink
    July 7, 2013 1:03 pm

    … saying they feel insecure in the street as a result.’

    I don’t want to demean the 99,3% – that’s absolutely apalling … but linking it to walking the streets?

    I can assure I didn’t feel too secure alone on the streets in Egypt … nor did I feel in Santiago when I was there alone in the mid 90’s …

  11. egg permalink
    July 7, 2013 1:12 pm

    ‘Often, random passers-by join in the attacks. But all activists in the field feel sure the assaults are usually started by groups of men who go to the square together on crowded protest days with the specific intention of violating women.’

    This problem would decrease if they allowed cheap prostitution to flourish.

  12. TB Queensland permalink
    July 7, 2013 1:13 pm

    Great video, Toillette … 😛

  13. public toilet permalink
    July 7, 2013 5:05 pm

    😉

  14. July 7, 2013 5:20 pm

    The Opposition leader, Mr Abbott, was forced to repay taxpayers nearly $9,400 after receiving travel expenses to promote his book Battlelines in 2009.

    http://nofibs.com.au/2013/07/06/exclusive-abbott-forced-to-repay-taxpayers-9400-he-charged-taxpayers-to-promote-his-book/

  15. TB Queensland permalink
    July 7, 2013 5:28 pm

    … like so many “other things” in our “existence” …

  16. TB Queensland permalink
    July 7, 2013 5:34 pm

    sreb,

    Please pay attention, (and yes I know you have a life) 🙂 … KL, has already provided a link … 🙄

    Next time someone asks why I call you – sreb – I’ll tell ’em shiraz reb … 😆

    And CW across the road have a THRED on the subject … (please don’t) 😯

    … had any fun mail recently?

  17. TB Queensland permalink
    July 7, 2013 5:56 pm

    Endeavour is on tonight – Ch 7 …

  18. July 7, 2013 11:43 pm

    Stephen Fry
    The mysterious 5th gay Beatle. More popular than cheeses.
    *
    Laugh for reb.
    http://awombatsweb.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/reading-before-voting-is-gay/

  19. July 8, 2013 12:43 am

    Nevre whot evrey meny same with yoo rude crackpot.

  20. egg permalink
    July 8, 2013 7:53 am

    unfknbelievable

    ‘James Packer has been handed a sweetheart deal to build a casino in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, with the government offering hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks despite fierce political and religious opposition to the project.

    ‘This year the Sri Lankan government rushed through parliament legal amendments to give Mr Packer’s project a decades-long tax holiday, exempting it from at least 10 taxes and levies.’

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/new-packer-deal-asia-casino-20130707-2pke5.html#ixzz2YOnpLzby

  21. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 8, 2013 9:56 am

    http://www.news.com.au/technology/roxy-deemed-to-foxy/story-e6frfro0-1226675560555

    Sexploitation!!??

    I think this is a great ad, and if there is one think I like in the surf, it is the company of fit young surfers like this one.

    I’m off to Biarritz later in the year.

  22. TB Queensland permalink
    July 8, 2013 10:25 am

    Queenstown and later cairns for me, ToM … Asia next year … life’s fkn hard, hey?

    I see Toilletes … hadn puppet is back … must be on the LDS again … 😉

  23. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 8, 2013 2:03 pm

    A lesson in journalism [vs. stenographer]

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/shortcuts/2013/jul/05/national-security-agency-recruitment-drive

  24. July 8, 2013 10:34 pm

    armchair
    it was nice to see the folks arse-fcuk the nsa recruiters, 🙂
    a great laugh
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/shortcuts/2013/jul/05/national-security-agency-recruitment-drive

  25. egg permalink
    July 10, 2013 10:58 am

    ‘Six trade unions aligned with the Right have scheduled a meeting in Sydney on Friday to formulate a response to the Prime Minister’s proposal to give rank-and-file Labor members a vote for party leader – a reform that will curb the power of caucus and all but prevent union-backed leadership spills to remove sitting Labor prime ministers.

    ‘A union leader in NSW said: ”We don’t like being taken for granted.”

    Aston in the Age

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/union-pow-wow-to-put-rudds-reforms-under-microscope-20130709-2poe9.html#ixzz2YbFUC8Wp

  26. egg permalink
    July 10, 2013 11:09 am

    ‘Robin Room, director of the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, says marijuana should be legalised under strict controls because the social harm associated with it was significantly less than from drinking.

    “It makes sense to legalise marijuana in a controlled market,” he told the Herald Sun yesterday. “We are in a situation where we need to look ahead. I think we need to have the discussion and it makes a lot of sense in terms of, among others, cutting down government costs to have a fairly highly controlled legal (cannabis) market and, while we are at it, tighten up the legal market of alcohol in the same way we tightened up the market of tobacco.”

    Aleks Devic / Courier Mail

  27. July 13, 2013 6:06 pm

    Puke inducing wankery about to go into overdrive once ‘royal’ baby is born.

    Truly, I hate that shit.

  28. TB Queensland permalink
    July 13, 2013 6:28 pm

    Absofknlutely! Toillette …

    The Firm at Work … revolting … millions of poor people have babies every day! AND EACH ONE IS PRECIOUS! Not just the “royal” bastards!

  29. July 13, 2013 6:39 pm

    Makes me sick, TB

    The deification of a bloodline. The ultimate exposition of hereditary status.

    The worst part is, plenty of easily impressed grovellers are still enamoured of it all.

  30. Prepare for humiliating defeat Pommie bastards permalink
    July 13, 2013 6:48 pm

    There’s only one true king. Jake “The Pushup” King.

  31. July 13, 2013 6:49 pm

    Dedicated to the royal birth…

  32. July 13, 2013 6:52 pm

    Oh yeah…last time I checked the score, it looked like they were doing their best to get upended by The Suns (again).

    * with the Crows season fucked, I’m well & truly on the Tiger bandwagon, btw. 😉

  33. Prepare for humiliating defeat Pommie bastards permalink
    July 13, 2013 6:56 pm

    Welcome aboard, but try and keep a lid on it will ya. 🙂

    (Don’t let those royal babies upset ya. Life’s too short. 😉 )

  34. July 13, 2013 6:58 pm

    It’s not the royal baby…it’s the saturated wank that goes with it all. Plastic people. Royal arselickers have no pride.

  35. July 13, 2013 7:01 pm

    Getting behind the Tigers to do some damage in September…

    And gaining satisfaction watching Port lose every game for the rest of the year & drop out of the eight, hopefully. That’s what I live for now, AFL wise. And possibly seeing Kurt Tippet break both his legs…and seeing Sydney go out of the finals in straight sets.

    That about covers it….

    * and, of course, watching the Oztard Cricket Team crumble to embarrassing defeats…while the crowd wears cutout masks of the royal baby…

  36. July 13, 2013 7:06 pm

    Hard to like Jack Riewoldt.

    Such a sulky, selfish, scowling, demonstrative ranga.

  37. Prepare for humiliating defeat Pommie bastards permalink
    July 13, 2013 7:08 pm

    Haha, funny. Chris Broad was clearly out last night after the ball deviated off his bat 45 degrees and was caught by Clark in slips. Very poor umpiring.

  38. Prepare for humiliating defeat Pommie bastards permalink
    July 13, 2013 7:09 pm

    Hard to like Jack Riewoldt.

    I agree somewhat, however he gets regular gigs on radio, the footy show etc, so he must have some appeal.

  39. July 13, 2013 7:27 pm

    Yeah, but the ‘royal’ baby will have some appeal, to millions, too.

    All that means is that the planet is chock full of superficial, easily impressed dickheads.

    “Very poor umpiring.”

    Very poor sportsmanship, even…

  40. TB Queensland permalink
    July 13, 2013 7:34 pm

    Very poor umpiring.

    Nah! Demonstrates lots of things … from a baby boomer perspective … everybody is a winner even if they are losers … extremely poor fkn sportsmanship based on the previous … incompetence on the part of the umpire … the effect on sport that MONEY has had … a suspicion that betting has reared its ugly whatsit … why people are turning away from sport altogether … and of course a self fullfillng prophesy by packer – we have to make cricket more intersting or we’ll lose revenue … well guess what .. oh and conspiracy theories … was broad and Asleem part of a betting scam … FUCK THE MONEY out of games!

  41. Prepare for humiliating defeat Pommie bastards permalink
    July 13, 2013 7:39 pm

    “Very poor sportsmanship, even…”

    Not really.

    “When Adam Gilchrist chose to walk during the 2003 World Cup semi-final against Sri Lanka even though he was not given out by the umpire, and announced to the world that he would be joining the diminishing ranks of the walkers – those who stick the bat under arm and remove themselves from the middle as soon as they know they are out without waiting on the umpire’s decision – his colleagues reacted with bewilderment. The idea of walking was as far removed from them as the earth is from the sun. The late Tony Grieg, in discussing the incident, made the joke that Gilchrist was the first Australian to walk since Doug Walters lost his car keys.”

  42. Prepare for humiliating defeat Pommie bastards permalink
    July 13, 2013 7:50 pm

    “All that means is that the planet is chock full of superficial, easily impressed dickheads.”

    Absolutely, but I find it’s good for my own peace of mind to be tolerant, even of superficial, easily impressed dickheads. 😉

  43. July 13, 2013 7:50 pm

    Integrity is a dwindling commodity, apparently.

    Just because the rest of the team are ‘bewildered’ by it, doesn’t mean it isn’t an admirable quality.

  44. Prepare for humiliating defeat Pommie bastards permalink
    July 13, 2013 7:52 pm

    (You should read that whole article for further context.)

  45. July 13, 2013 8:03 pm

    Haha, no thanks.

    Fuck reading about crooked Australian cricketers who hold winning above all else.

  46. Prepare for humiliating defeat Pommie bastards permalink
    July 13, 2013 8:04 pm

    Red wine drinkers should get themselves a carafe. It doesn’t need to be expensive crystal as long as it has a wide bottom like this to allow air to get to the largest surface area possible. It will vastly improve the drinkability of even the youngest wines. I can recommend it.

  47. July 13, 2013 8:04 pm

    I’m going to listen to the soothing tunes of Guttural Secrete, instead.

  48. July 13, 2013 8:05 pm

    Haha, that wouldn’t improve the drinkability of $2 cleanskins…

  49. Prepare for humiliating defeat Pommie bastards permalink
    July 13, 2013 8:06 pm

    “Haha, no thanks.”

    Guffaw. You couldn’t resist.

  50. Prepare for humiliating defeat Pommie bastards permalink
    July 13, 2013 8:08 pm

    “wouldn’t improve the drinkability of $2 cleanskins…”

    You might be surprised. Then again … 🙄

  51. July 13, 2013 8:14 pm

    “You couldn’t resist”

    Que?!

    I didn’t read it. The apologetics it would contain are obvious from the quote. I don’t need to look to know that. 😉

  52. July 13, 2013 8:16 pm

    $2 cleanskins are pretty bad.

    That’s why their $2 I suppose (until the Nanny State taxes the fuck out of them to prevent ‘problem drinking’ or somesuch).

  53. July 13, 2013 8:17 pm

    * fuck….’they’re’…not fkn ‘their’…

    Commenting like a rockshifter. I blame nightshift…

  54. July 13, 2013 8:19 pm

    I once knew a drag queen who was named after a carafe…

    “Crystal Decanter”

  55. Prepare for humiliating defeat Pommie bastards permalink
    July 13, 2013 9:16 pm

    “Fuck reading about crooked Australian cricketers who hold winning above all else.”

    Excuse me? It was one of your Pommie heroes that failed to walk. 😯

  56. July 13, 2013 9:24 pm

    Not my heroes at all.

    Wasn’t it you who said…’my enemy’s enemy is my friend’?! Seems pertinent.

    I called Broad a bad sport, just up the thread. That applies to all of them, regardless of which country or club they’re playing for.

    The quote involved Australian cricket apologetics for debasing integrity; which is why I (safely, presumably) assume that the rest of same article features crooked Australian cricketers. guffaw

  57. Prepare for humiliating defeat Pommie bastards permalink
    July 13, 2013 9:33 pm

    Firstly, the writer is a Jamaican, so probably impartial. Secondly, since you haven’t read the article, here are some further quotes …

    “This business of walking is tricky. Batsmen who don’t subscribe to the practice often cite, in mitigation, the fact that they are sometimes given out erroneously, and that fielding teams often appeal when they know the batsman is not out. These are fair points. Bowlers and fielding teams will gladly accept a wicket even when they know the decision is erroneous. Is that a greater offence than a batsman standing his ground when he knows he should be given out?

    “And what of batsmen who are selective walkers – those who will walk depending on their own circumstances and the circumstances of the game? They will walk if they are 150 and their team is way ahead of the opposition, but they will stand their ground if they haven’t yet scored and the opposition has them cornered. If we look askance at batsmen who refuse to walk then we should do the same to bowlers and fielders who appeal when they know the batsman should not be given out. Why should batsmen be held to a higher standard than bowlers and fielders? Why should more integrity be expected of them?

    “Since there will never come a time when every player plays with total honesty, it is best to leave the decision to the umpire. This might seem extreme, but perhaps batsmen should not be allowed to walk and all decisions should be left up to the umpire, assisted by all the technology that is available. The Broad decision could have been avoided if the umpire had the option of using the available technology. Australia had exhausted their reviews; but why should it left up to the players? Isn’t it in the interest of the game to get the correct decision every time?”

  58. July 13, 2013 10:10 pm

    Just as I thought.

    Australian cricketers, Gilchrist aside apparently, have a fundamental credibility deficit.

    Our best hope is that they lose miserably & the team is wracked by debilitating injuries. At least they’ll all be stoked with the royal birth & the pain of humiliation will be mitigated by their swelling love for Our Sovereign Lady, The Queen.

  59. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 13, 2013 10:30 pm

    AUSSIES 0 for 28!!!!

    Poms on the ropes.

    OI!!

  60. TB Queensland permalink
    July 14, 2013 10:35 am

    Why should batsmen be held to a higher standard than bowlers and fielders? Why should more integrity be expected of them?

    My point exactly —- its aimed at EVERYONE … its often referred to as HONESTY!

    Money + gambling = GREED = PROFIT = Cheating, lying, deceit, corruption = most sensible people turning off and turning away … and endless, downward spiral …

  61. July 14, 2013 6:35 pm

    “its aimed at EVERYONE … its often referred to as HONESTY!”

    What my nigga, B-dog, said!

  62. TB Queensland permalink
    July 14, 2013 7:02 pm

    Pardon? 😯

  63. July 14, 2013 7:06 pm

    😆

  64. TB Queensland permalink
    July 14, 2013 7:10 pm

    The Minister is experimenting with cow? cheeks … a slow cooked chunky stew … smells OK really good but we’ve never had it before … wish me luck!

  65. July 14, 2013 7:19 pm

    Good luck!

    Cow cheeks, eh?

    They have well developed cheeks from ruminating 24/7.

  66. IPAddress permalink
    July 14, 2013 7:36 pm

    In my book sport should be played by the rules, and life should be lived according to the law of the land. Every thing else is just moralising.

  67. July 14, 2013 7:40 pm

    Honesty isn’t an aspiration to be ashamed of.

    Moralising is something different entirely.

  68. July 14, 2013 7:41 pm

    There is a big difference between ‘sportsmanship’ & canny ‘gamesmanship’. But you already knew that.

  69. July 14, 2013 7:42 pm

    I prefer honest people, every time.

    Maybe I’m just ‘conservative’ in that regard? 😆

  70. IPAddress permalink
    July 14, 2013 7:43 pm

    (I have my own ethical/moral code, btw, but it’s personal and I am not arrogant enough to think it’s the only feasible or “correct” one. And I certainly don’t try and impose it on others.)

  71. July 14, 2013 7:56 pm

    Nor do I.

    But, I don’t think honesty is too much to expect from people.

    I’m not an absolutist about it. I’m not advocating people placing themselves in danger by being brutally honest at inopportune times, obviously.

    Deceit should be avoided & honesty should be lauded, in basic human interactions.

    The cricket field is one place where it shows the measure of a persons integrity. Particularly on the International stage, there is nowhere to hide & technology will out the wicked.

    I note, Michael Clarke, outed himself as an insect of low integrity last night. How surprisement. 🙄

  72. IPAddress permalink
    July 14, 2013 8:10 pm

    Michael Clarke called for a video review which was his right according to the rules. As it turned out he made a tactical error using Australia’s last review. They desperately needed it just a few balls later.

    I happen to agree with you about honesty, but others wouldn’t. That’s their business.

  73. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 14, 2013 8:15 pm

    Agar is now averaging 101 in test cricket. He’s better than Bradman!

  74. July 14, 2013 8:18 pm

    (I have my own ethical/moral code, btw, but it’s personal and I am not arrogant enough to think it’s the only feasible or “correct” one. And I certainly don’t try and impose it on others.)

    On that, we are alike. It is how I approach my life.

    All I know is that if everyone in the world was opportunistically dishonest with eachother when it suited their purposes, we’d all be perpetually on guard & things would degenerate into dog eat dog (even more so than they are now).
    I don’t yearn for such a world.

    Honesty, especially in the presence of none but self aware motivations to be so, is a measure of a person’s character.

    I’d rather be, wrong, in trouble, ashamed & at a loss but honest …than smelling like roses & ‘winning’ under false pretenses.

    Damnable conscience! Stupid honest upbringing!

  75. IPAddress permalink
    July 14, 2013 8:21 pm

    “better than Bradman”

    I like the sound of that. 😉

  76. July 14, 2013 8:25 pm

    GO ENGLAND !

    Whup those low integrity Ockertard, flagwanking Nationalist icons.

  77. IPAddress permalink
    July 14, 2013 8:29 pm

    Machiavelli advocated that Princes should be economical with the truth where it suits their agenda, and politicians have been lying ever since. As one of those bring lied to, that doesn’t make it any easier to accept.

  78. IPAddress permalink
    July 14, 2013 8:39 pm

    The Poms keep appealing and the umps keep giving the Aussies not out. Just sayin’.

  79. IPA permalink
    July 14, 2013 9:49 pm

    Yew Fuk Tup 😯

  80. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 14, 2013 10:05 pm

    37 runs to glory!

  81. July 14, 2013 10:22 pm

    Must be off..

    Worst of luck to Australia.

  82. public toilet permalink
    July 14, 2013 11:33 pm

    * gloat, gloat , GLOAT

  83. TB Queensland permalink
    July 15, 2013 10:42 am

    Loved the cow cheeks stew … only one problem … you mrrrr start talkin’ mrrrrr funny … mrrrr … 😯

  84. July 17, 2013 3:28 pm

    All Quiet On The Flagsturbation Front…!

    A pronounced dearth of jingowanking after the shame of Trent Bridge. 😆

  85. July 17, 2013 3:28 pm

    GO QUEENSLANDER!

  86. IPA permalink
    July 17, 2013 3:42 pm

    Never mind. We can all be content in the knowledge the royal baby will be honoured with a hand-knitted kangaroo. *retch*

  87. July 17, 2013 3:57 pm

    😆

    You already know, it’s gonna grow up & act like Bieber.

    Someone oughta prank call the maternity ward…wait, what?!

  88. July 18, 2013 4:09 am

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…

    woke up, BING-BONG, at 3am…confusion…stood up, realised…”I’m pissrotten drunk!”…took a few steps, looked at clock…holyfknshit! it’s 3 am….realised, I’m suffering post-nightshift-psychosis…went in and annoyed TJ about her new bed. She had no answer for…”It’s too wide, you’re scaring the cats!”…@3:10am…still have no fkn idea what time I went to bed, but there are 1+1/2 empty bottles of DIMPLE next to my chair… 😯

    fucked up…LIKE A BOSS!

  89. egg permalink
    July 18, 2013 7:30 am

    Which goes to prove my previous comment on the subject …. shift work is un-natural because it throws out your body clock.

    This advice comes with personal experience.

  90. egg permalink
    July 18, 2013 7:40 am

    ‘Former Prime Minister’s next role could be on the international stage.’

    As expected, the feminista will not let her languish.

  91. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 19, 2013 8:35 am

    A WORLD-first “invisibility cloak” to protect surfers from sharks has been launched in Western Australia, the scene of five fatal attacks in recent years.

    Scientists from the University of WA, with designers Shark Attack Mitigation Systems, have unveiled two new wetsuits they say could save lives.

    Based on a breakthrough discovery that sharks are colour blind, one wetsuit, labelled the “Elude”, is designed to camouflage a swimmer or diver in the sea.

    Personally I would prefer to hunt them to the point of extinction humane use population control techniques.

    Read more: http://www.news.com.au/technology/sci-tech/hitech-wetsuit-8216invisible8217-to-sharks/story-fn5fsgyc-1226681465589#ixzz2ZRI3pQ5B

  92. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 19, 2013 8:36 am

    “use humane population control…” of course

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