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Danger. Manflu

Posted May 9, 2013 into Blunty by John Birmingham

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w from brisbane would have you know...

Posted May 9, 2013

This whole female anti-male thing. It is simple penis envy.
That right, penis envy.
I see it all the time. Particularly, when I wander past the line outside the ladies toilet at large public events.
Oh, how you ladies wish you could pee standing up.
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DrYobbo asserts...

Posted May 9, 2013

Have seen some have a crack at it. No, not on German speaking corners of the interweb. Big Days Out and the likes often used to see lasses aplenty taking over the gents' cubicles in order to sidestep the queues for the ladies. One mate of mine was abused for daring to unzip the chopper and use the slashers while said femmes were queued past it. The temerity, etc.

w from brisbane is gonna tell you...

Posted May 9, 2013

I have seen it too, Dr Yobbo.
Back in the glory days of the Regatta Hotel.
There I was at the urinal, when a disconcertingly incongrous shape moved into view beside me.
It was the lovely Melinda, who had bent over and backed up to the urinal. She then blithely lifted her skirt and very successfully used the facilities.
Oh, what a jolly night that was!

DrYobbo swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 9, 2013

I miss the old 'Gatta. The new one is a gentrified monstrosity full of pointlessly shiny surfaces and pointlessly shiny people who all should have been left to drown in the last flood

w from brisbane has opinions thus...

Posted May 9, 2013

Yes, Dr Yobbo. I wander past the Regatta's famed old veranda. A place where I enjoyed so much louche hilarity. The epic raw egg eating competition between Scutter and Haggis. The sculling through your underpants games. So many stories. And now I see people drinking coffee. DRINKING COFFEE!
It's a travesty. I blame the younger generation and their strange lack of joie de vivre.

BigWillieStyle ducks in to say...

Posted May 9, 2013

"Gentrified monstrosity"

Indeed. The only time I've been involved in a fight* at a pub was at the Regatta in 1992. More specifically, just outside the Regatta. Three stupidly large and largely stupid fellows had been kicked out for being drunken groping fuckchops, and were in the mood to beat someone up. Turned out to be me. Looking at today's Regatta patrons, they'd be flat out mustering up a bit of feigned outrage. Pah! Bring out the old Brisbane pub violence, I say.

*More of a three-versus-one kicking than a fight

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jcdmusing would have you know...

Posted May 9, 2013

Some research reported earlier this year (http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/research-backs-up-man-flu-sufferers-20130125-2dc68.html) suggests that men have more temperature receptors in part of their brain and therefore suffer more when trying to fight off bugs. By the way did you go to the doctor and get something that may actually help, like Relenza ? Or did you just tough it out like a real man ?

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Lulu ducks in to say...

Posted May 9, 2013

Regarding the chosen illustratiion: I suspect that among ladies of a certain age, Sean Bean's man-flu might be regarded differently from regular man-flu, and there would be many prepared to offer tea & sympathy.

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HAVOCK21 asserts...

Posted May 9, 2013

Hey Bimingham, you also foregot to mention....Some men are man enough to not need the Flu jab, but when the MANFLU gets passed their highly developed fkn defences ITS FKN BAD. Only genetically aligned to women , MEN would need the FLU JAB that the women get too, pussies is another nale. BUt I put to you the question John. Have you ha d a flu shot??????????

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DrYobbo mumbles...

Posted May 9, 2013

Tumbleweeds in the comments. Everyone must have died of teh killer manflooze

tqft mumbles...

Posted May 9, 2013

Nah we are out trekking on

HAVOCK21 mutters...

Posted May 9, 2013

i figured I had insulted most groups and MIGHT get a fews bites..MEH, not to be Doc

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Dino not to be confused with is gonna tell you...

Posted May 10, 2013

JB,

Perhaps we could use discarded Flu Syringes as projectiles?

If I saw this floating above me I would call an emergency session of The Bounders Club.

Poor Kochie!

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-09/is-it-a-bird-is-it-a-plane-no-its-a-skywhale/4679676

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The stories you have to tell

Posted April 30, 2013 into Blunty by John Birmingham

As a rule, an ironclad rule, I avoid writing about state politics at Blunty because it kills my traffic stone dead. Apart from the occasional outrage, people just don't care. I don't know that they'll much care about today's topic – funding cuts to the Tenants Union – but it was one I felt deserved an airing.

I tried to make the story pop a little, with some action in the first couple of pars, and some bait-n-switch tricks half way down. But I guess we'll see by the end of the day. My preferred outcome would be for some real reporters to take this on and run with it.

At Blunty.

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AllyOops is gonna tell you...

Posted April 30, 2013

I read your piece via Sydney Morning Herald then popped here to read comments getting stuffed around by shitty landlords translates south of the Tweed.

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted April 30, 2013

Yeah, I am, of course, very familiar with the rental market in NSW.

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Barnesm puts forth...

Posted April 30, 2013

Was trying to login at Blunty doesn't appear to be letting me do so. Will try and log in later. Anyone else experiencing difficulty?

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted April 30, 2013

System wide issues.

HAVOCK21 would have you know...

Posted April 30, 2013

AND FKN WHY ARE WE SURPRISED AT THIS...fkn comments vanished alltogether at one point!. MUPPETS!!!!

FKN MUPPETS!

Dick swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 2, 2013

Gone again now, two days later. What's going on with FF? And from The Age comments section, Blunty still goes straight to the all important CWA blog.

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Jus mumbles...

Posted April 30, 2013

I rented in QLD for over 10 years. Two long stints, seperated by being a home owner, divorce and back to the market...

I twice used the Tentants Union and got great advice on my rights and methods on how to negotiate out of the problems. The RTA was/is useless as shit. The TU saved the Govt money by the problems not making it to court.

Case 1 :- Moved into a house after inspecting it. When we moved in the oven/dishwasher and other bits and pieces were broken. We were sure it wasnt this way when we inspected it. Real estate claimed we broke it, and refused to fix. Holding the rent in trust until it was resolved fixed the issue (not exactly the TU advice) (Note that we met the owner 12 months afterwards and he was totally unaware that there was an issue - real estate had never contacted him initally)

Case 2 :- Moved into a newly contructed house. Grass and a few bits and pieces werent finished. Landlord refused to complete these places, and I started to get notices because the yard was covered in weeds. Again advice from TU to get the landlord to back down and repair. Again RTA was useless.

Newman is dumb as dogshit basically, as one of the first out the door of the Qld govt (yelling i'm free, i'm free!!!) I have seen a silly Govt replaced by a dumb government. I wonder if we didnt call it a Tenants Union whether it would survive. Politicians are like 4 year olds throwing tantrums etc. After my experience I am a conciencous donkey voter.

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted April 30, 2013

You know what, you're probably exactly fucking right about calling it a 'Union'.

damian puts forth...

Posted April 30, 2013

Yes, the right has a real problem with words, very much very specifically with words. It is ALL about what you call things.

I've done the thoguht experiment with hard-right libertarian types where you describe an organisation that does exactly all the things that a union does and is structured and funded in exactly the same way, but expressed as an organisation in entirely commercial terms, with names for things that align with an idealistic market-driven worldview. In the general case, these people think it's a brilliant idea and wonder why such things don't exist already....

w from brisbane mumbles...

Posted April 30, 2013

Like the Australian Medical Association, an activist union that lobbies hard and threatenly, including strikes, or what it calls the withdrawl of medical services.
They are sacrosanct, though
Why? There is a feeling that the members tend to vote for the right wing party.

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted April 30, 2013

Actually, in my experience, the Left has a bigger problem with nominative determinism.

damian mumbles...

Posted April 30, 2013

My experience is different, but I guess I don't mix with a lot of what you call the left. I think people in general have the "foo good, bar bad" thing. Because most of us don't like to admit or contemplate how much of our worldviews work by association. But what I am talking about is different.

My experience is that right wing types are attached to words so much they don't get Magritte.

damian asserts...

Posted May 2, 2013

Actually, I'm a bit over getting jumped on with this "Yeah but, yeah but... lefties do that too" stuff everytime I make some unreasonable sweeping generalisation about the right. Mostly because it implies there's some sort of symetry to this, and frankly there is not. Being unreasonable now and then is supposed to reply to the existing asymetry, that's the whole point. I don't really care what dodgy hippies were around in the 90s, here and now there is a multitude of zealous libertarian freaks with massive issues directly attacking things I care about, and I make them my object of study. So this hnur-hnur silly lefty stuff really shits me.

Sorry, rant mode off now. As you were.

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted May 2, 2013

The multitude of zealous libertarian freaks does not negate the censorious efforts of an army of punishers and straighteners from the social engineering facuty of Lentil University.

The main difference to me over the last 25 years? The Right keeps telling me what I shouldn't say. The Left tells me what I can't.

damian swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 2, 2013

Okay, there are 2 or 3 points here:

"The multitude of zealous libertarian freaks does not negate the censorious efforts of an army of punishers and straighteners from the social engineering facuty of Lentil University."


A reasonable point, but I'm not saying that it does. On the contrary, I would suggest that retreating into ideological positions is always bad and counterproductive. On the other hand, you interjected to say (more or less) that your lefties cancel out my libertarians. I suggest it may well be true that there are plenty of idiots on the left too, but that does not improve the situation, nor does it make the stuff about the right any less true. It doesn't even address the stuff I was going on about. Hence the "hnur hnur".
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Are you really saying that the discourse framing engaged in by thinktanks and the huge media interests that create the language we can effectively use in a public context is outweighed by a few women's studies departments and organic markets? I mean, I appreciate you were around campuses when the left was more or less at its peak in the 80s, and I started in the worst stages of the conservative backlash (cf Ms Brazil or Pecan or whatever it was). But we're not just talking about old shoulder chips here are we?

That's an interesting thought actually, because it's on topic. One of my duelling partners from campus politics at ANU, a very right wing bloke with a very privileged background, got control of the ANU Student's Union and cut back services to run it at a profit. Plenty of people could and might have run it as a lean organisation and achieved stuff with it like that, but he was a young lib and it was a union, so he made the cover of BRW with incredulous headlines about running a union as a business. As though (because of the language) it was some kind of surreal thing that only students can get up to.

I dunno - maybe I was spoiled by studying logic early. I get very annoyed when people accuse me of logical fallacies, especially when not only am I not engaging in the fallacy in question, but the accuser is in fact doing so as part of their argument, an important part that it relies on. As is the case here, I'm afraid. I'd rather be nice about it of course. Look, something shiny!

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted April 30, 2013

With any luck I can generate a responsive comment or two.

Always willing to take one for the team.

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Legless reckons...

Posted April 30, 2013

I just don't get it. What's Newman's motivation for scrapping this? It wasn't costing the government a cent - it was paid for by interest generated by the bond money desposited by the tenants. So why scrap a genuinely useful service that's revenue neutral?

Darth Greybeard has opinions thus...

Posted April 30, 2013

See above. The word "Union" is verboten. All unions must be destroyed.

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Quokka puts forth...

Posted April 30, 2013

I've only glanced at this but if it means that landlords can go back to the good ole days of taking 1-2 months rent as bond with nobody to return it to the tenants at the end of it = cash cow for unscrupulous landlords.

Not that I'm saying that anyone in power or their wives, in-laws and besties would fit that bill.

No. Not at at all.

*walks away, whistling*

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JG asserts...

Posted April 30, 2013
I can't believe all these cuts that Campbell Newman has made, willy nilly, in his first term as Premier of Queensland. It was bad enough that he cut the Queensland Literary Awards before getting stuck into all the public service job cuts. But this? This is going beyond ridiculous.

I'm lucky that I have a good real estate agent and owners of my rental property -- a lovely little unit in Red Hill, Brisbane. I've been here for over three years now, and intend to stay here.

Not everyone is so lucky. I've rented accommodation from some shocking rental property owners in the past. I've never been a home owner; always a renter. I've found that it is much, much better to rent through a real estate agent.

Bizarre that Newman is cutting out the Tenants Union, which provides a valuable service to renters. I haven't had to use it, but it's good to know it's there.

I'm also on the public housing waiting list, although I doubt I'll ever be offered a one-bedroom place despite being in the 'high need' category. Why? Because there's a waiting list that's about a zillion years long.

Not to worrry. I'm fortunate to have a lovely rental place where I am. I'm happy here in Red Hill, close to the city.

Joanna G

Dave W mutters...

Posted April 30, 2013

One thing that makes Australia different from Europe, North America, and indeed most of the rest of the world, is that renting is seen as a 'short term' thing, ie 3-5 years here. Therefore the property is seen as very much the owner's place and no changes shall be made. Alternatively, the renter may also be entitled to feel that it's not their place, so any damage is not their problem.

We've let out a property privately and through an agent. My view is that I won't put the rent up and I'd like it if the tenant treats the place as their own home, including the option to make sensible changes with my agreement. I'd love it if a tenant wanted to stay there for years. I don't want the hassle of finding a new tenant and worrying about whether they'll treat the place like shit. The quid pro quo is that I'd happily leave the rent at something that gives an incentive to stay there.

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John Lees mumbles...

Posted April 30, 2013

Thanks for this column this morning JB. Glad to be made aware of this issue as a renter myself. Have let my facebook peeps know and posted on Newman's fb page in the hope of eliciting more than a boilerplate response.

john!

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 30, 2013

Cheers, JL.

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Lobes asserts...

Posted April 30, 2013

I went smh.com.au today and a window popped up in my browser that hinted very heavily that I would soon require to pay a subscription to read Fairfax articles.

Fair enough, they can try and squeeze some cash out of us like this but the Brisbane Times is not the New York Times and I'll pay for the articles from NYT before I throw away money on stories about tenants unions and continuous mindessly populist articles about rugby league players and celebrity bookies.

And I dont yet pay for the NYT so its not looking good for participation in future blunties if Fairfax go all monetise-y on us.

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted April 30, 2013

The odd thing is, they plan to leave BT as a free service. I don't know how, since a huge slab o' the content comes from down south.

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Dino not to be confused with would have you know...

Posted April 30, 2013

JB

Have tried analyse this one and have insufficient data.

Why? Why oh why?

Ethics? What happened there?

Maybe the UAP will improve things.

When's the next election?

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tqft puts forth...

Posted April 30, 2013

As I said it Blunty, as stupid as this is & the gov's response to the Costello "audit" is sickening, I still suspect worse to come.

But important stuff is being dealt with - Segways FTW.

damian mutters...

Posted May 2, 2013

Yes, a fellow whose main economic credential is not crashing the Australian economy in the middle of the biggest boom in history, has been called on to make recommendations on the Queensland economy that can be used to shovel some public funds in the direction of the clients of his lobbying firm. This will apparently strengthen Queensland's future.

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Rodentus Maximus

Posted April 23, 2013 into Blunty by John Birmingham

The upside of John Winston Howard's return to public life.

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tqft swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 23, 2013

Some days I think I should help TA get elected and do his worst. Then it will never happen again (hopefully) or are people really that stupid.

I expect there may be a surprise in Qld for the LNP. Given the media coverage of the Fed's I have hope as the latest 2PP I saw had 45-55 favouring the LNP federally. Which isn't good but as not as bad as it could be. Of course it could be a whitewash as many are expecting.

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JG ducks in to say...

Posted April 23, 2013

You don't think Labor can sidle back between now and Sept? Then again, there's a lot I don't agree with that they're doing right now. Still, I can't believe that Tony would get the majority of the vote. Surely Australians won't shoot themselves in the head come the Federal Election. What's the alternative? Greens are looking like the best option.

Johnny, Man of Steel, should make some pump walk DVDs when he's GG. Wonder if he owns a Fitbit. I do, but I've been lazy these last two days.

Off to GC to be an extra in a short film tonight. Should be fun.

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Boston

Posted April 18, 2013 into Blunty by John Birmingham

I made a real effort not to follow the story in Boston too closely when it broke. I scanned what little was known, and then quickly withdrew into deadline because the mounting derp and horror were kind of derpy and horrible.

Before retreating I did have an interesting conversation with some other journos about the graphic images coming through the net. The sort of things which have always arrived in newsrooms after these events, but which are rarely, if ever published.

I honeslty wondered if people wanted that sort of graphic coverage. Apparently many do, because they were self publishing it.

Anyway, I thought I'd try work through those thoughts at Blunty.

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Murphy reckons...

Posted April 18, 2013

If I felt the need for an update on Boston, I turned to the calmest, most rational source of all.

Wikipedia, which was frequently updated as new information came in. It was calm, even if it was not always right. If it was wrong, it fixed it quietly without a lot of drama. And unlike the twitter and facebook feeds, there were no sidewalks awash in blood.

The other calm, rational voice was the three minute tactical analysis provided on STRATFOR's YouTube site.

Otherwise, I tuned most of it out.

With regard to wikipedia, I started doing that after the Adam Lanza Newtown shooting. I found my blood pressure stayed reasonable and the facts I got, such as they were, were just as reliable as anything else.

Perhaps journalists used to write the first draft of history and we academics like to sneer at wikipedia because you can't quite be sure who edited it. But as we march into the future, I have a feeling that the first draft of history isn't going to be written by journalists. It'll be written at wikipedia.

Respects,

Murph

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Bunyip ducks in to say...

Posted April 18, 2013

"The other calm, rational voice was the three minute tactical analysis provided on STRATFOR's YouTube site."

Thanks for that Murph. I found that useful.

Dave W mutters...

Posted April 18, 2013

Thanks Murph, I've not thought before about wikipedia as a reliable news source, or as the first draft of history. Very interesting.

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Murphy asserts...

Posted April 18, 2013

The video didn't say anything that I didn't already suspect or know intuitively but I found it helpful just to listen to someone say, "This is what is going to happen," in a very calm, rational tone.

We could use more of that and less Hollywood Hystrionics.

Respects,

Murph

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Legless has opinions thus...

Posted April 18, 2013

The footage that affected me the most was the videos of the immediate aftermath of the explosions where so many people ran *towards* the explosions. Ignoring the human instinct to flee danger they ran to help thier fellow man. Without them, the butchers bill may have been higher.

Bunyip asserts...

Posted April 18, 2013

I must admit, having been caught on the edge of a bomb blast* as a teenager (either 1979 or 1980), my first instinct was to run. My fear at the time was that there was a second bomb, set to go off a couple of minutes after the first. Therefore, I found it quite viseral to watch those people pivot and run into the smoke. In retrospect, wish I had been one of them.

*It was part of a bungled extortion campaign against Woolies. Cnr of Park and George Streets, Sydney. Wish I could find an online link, but my Google Fu is not strong today.

Murphy puts forth...

Posted April 18, 2013

I sometimes think that running toward someone in danger to help is hardwired in to some people. We had a bank robbery back in my security officer days, an armed one I might add, and for some stupid reason, I ran toward it instead of away from it.

Same thing with saves as a lifeguard. I've worked with guards who often say, "I hope I never have to save someone," and by that they mean, "I don't think I can hack the responsibility of this job." There is no shame in that unless you accept the paycheck for sitting in the chair for the other 90% plus of the time when nothing happens.

Me? I get an andrenaline rush when such an opportunity pops up.

Again, I think it might well be hardwired and perhaps not something to be ashamed of if you respond more sensibly.

Respects,

Murph

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Brother PorkChop asserts...

Posted April 18, 2013

I think the rules have changed JB, and not for the better but that is just me being old. However, I believe that there is still a modicum of choice to view or not to view, listen or not, to the various levels of coverage and derp. You don't have to listen to Jones, look at News.com video footage or watch the ABC coverage if you do not wish to.

An interesting question : can the younger generation "automatically" block out what they do not wish to see or listen to, where as us older folk need to analyze before turning away?

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TC mumbles...

Posted April 18, 2013

I don't know whether I'd count as the younger generation you're talking about BPC (I'm 30-something), but I'm certainly good at automatically tuning out. Unfortunately this seems to have left me possibly more sensitive to goings on than others might be, so when I do decide to tune in I need to be sure to do it in my own time.

I haven't read Blunty yet but I'll remedy that soon. I haven't seen the graphic coverage you're alluding to, JB... and it's not something I'm rushing to find.

Perhaps people want to focus on the graphic images of the event because it makes thinking about the loss of children, siblings, parents and friends move out of focus a little? (yeah, I try to think the best of people as a general rule)

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tqft mutters...

Posted April 18, 2013

Not going there. I did read your piece and skim the comments but you don't need to hit the delete button.

Not JB or his piece or even the comments. The whole shebang.

So much derp (and still coming through). and the wife wonders why i tune out the tv news. If I start not going to stop.

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Lulu is gonna tell you...

Posted April 18, 2013

Some people might want the wall-to-wall graphic images but not everyone - and that includes me. I don't need to see visual evidence of exactly what happens when bombs & human bodies collide at close quarters. And I think it can be a bit death-porny to seek it out.

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Murphy asserts...

Posted April 18, 2013

Agree on death porn.

Legless has opinions thus...

Posted April 18, 2013

I've seen one "Death Porn" clip. Back in the early days of the internet I clicked on a video where a young Russian soldier had his head cut off with a spade. I had nightmares for weeks about it. His helplessness and the horror of seeing that spade go through a real humans neck really got to me.

Since then, I've deliberately avoided links showing graphic death. Saddam's hanging, Ken Bigley's beheading, sniper-cam shots - never seen them. Hell, I've never even seen two-girls one-cup. The desription of that was enough for me to feel sick.

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w from brisbane would have you know...

Posted April 18, 2013

There will always be those folk who get a thrill or have a compulsion for this sort of thing. Like the crowd that attend public hangings, they might noisily fill a small town square, but the great majority of people very deliberately stay away.

I don't think the seeming ubiquity of these images had much to do with popularity. A product of some enthusiastic pushers, rather than a mass desire to pull in these images.

I think many of us, out of curiosity, might have gone out of our way to look at some graphic images once in a lifetime. That usually cures you forever. Bloody horrible. I appreciate the mainstream media's censorship of these images.

Sympathy to all victims of violence everywhere.

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MickH would have you know...

Posted April 18, 2013

The Mrs turned the telly on that morning as we were getting ready for work. She likes to watch the most popular breakfast show (you know the one I mean) Well, the event had not happened that long ago and they were already into full-talking-head-derp-mode. It took almost 10 minutes before they stopped talking to some athlete (who wasn't there) to get some sembalance of the proper news. Then after the add break and a showing (again) of the bomb blast in slo-mo thay started talking to some wanker about Paul Revere for fuck's sake!

My mrs saw the signs and turned the crap off before I popped a kidney

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John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted April 18, 2013
Slackness, Dick. Intolerable slackness.

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Quokka would have you know...

Posted April 19, 2013

Yeah the BT seems to have changed it's format so that I couldn't do the usual series of mouse clicks to get to the BI blog either.

I put 'blunt instrument' into the search box at the top, which is all very well when you type over 70WPM as I do. A skill that doesn't translate terribly well to a touch screen on an ipad.

If there's a new short-cut to get there from the Brisbane Times or the SMH or other, it would be good to know.

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pi would have you know...

Posted April 19, 2013

Isn't most news trainwreck psychology?

A few years back (at the completion of the 2004 election) I decided that there was nothing I was going to read or hear in the news over the intervening three years until the next federal election that would change my opinion on whether I was going vote against John Howards government. One 'stop the boats' scare too many.

So I stopped watching news. Stopped reading it. Stopped listening to it. Stopped talking about it. When it came on television I either muted and looked away, switched the channel, or if I wasn't in the position do those things, walked out of the room. When people started talking about news, I'd ascertain whether the thing they were talking about directly related to them, or whether they were just talking about something in order to satisfy some morbid sense of curiosity.

'twas an enlightening three years. What did I learn? As much as if I'd watched the news. Missed the tsunami coverage for a week, until someone mentioned it. Tragic business. I reckoned though, that if you'd heard on the news that a tsunami was coming, and you should head to the hills, that would be a useful use of 'news'. But that didn't happen. I read sports news. People queried why. I said : "Because I'm interested in seeing people at their best, not their worst". Same justification exists for reality television I guess.

So I gave the whole boston thing the big miss. One image managed to sneak through the drag-net, that only made me determined to avoid that shit altogether. Blunty post kind of confirms my worst fears.

I'm definitely in the minority. But I think I'm a happier person for it, and I don't think just the fact that I don't know, or want to know, anything this new explosion of gore on the other side of the world, lessens me. It only makes me think that perhaps I might to take another hiatus from the 'news'. There'll be a lot less stress in my life, and there's no chance I'm going to be voting for mr rabbit, so I'm not sure I'm going to be missing much.

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tqft is gonna tell you...

Posted April 19, 2013
And again today. Even though I had tech problems I didn't miss much

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Murphy reckons...

Posted April 20, 2013

Got that motherfucker.

Respects,

Murph

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John Birmingham asserts...

Posted April 20, 2013

I'm real curious as to their motivation.

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Murphy reckons...

Posted April 20, 2013

I am too.

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HAVOCK21 reckons...

Posted April 20, 2013
2 fkn retards who have little in the way of support IF FKN ANY which is a fkn good thing and decided, that as they are from the shallow end of the fkn gene pool they would have a crcak at Uncle Sam, more likely they got tangled up in the balkans..NO..nay really. Just another pair who get to me god early!...or not!


I see ya fkn turned on SPELL CHEKER FOR ME YA MUPPET!

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Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted April 20, 2013

It is a terrible thing that has happened.

I can't see why they did it.

Media Attention?

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pi swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 21, 2013

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Paging Dr Havoc

Posted April 16, 2013 into Blunty by John Birmingham

The Queensland Country Women's Association seems to have suffered a psychotic break and allowed packet cakes into the baking comp.

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tqft ducks in to say...

Posted April 16, 2013

Not sure you will see much traffic today

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John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted April 16, 2013

Nah. Prolly not.

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JG is gonna tell you...

Posted April 16, 2013

Standards have slipped indeed. Packet mixes considered real cakes by the CWA? All you have to do is add water for the synthetic crap to rise.

These are the end days. Mourn, faithful cake eaters.

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Brother PorkChop would have you know...

Posted April 16, 2013

Pitchforks and torches are what is needed at CWA HQ, ASAP. Must be a Whitewings imposter embedded at CWA.

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HAVOCK21 puts forth...

Posted April 16, 2013

CAPPEM.. FKN CAP"EM FKN ALL!, Packet mixes, that shit prolly fkn started at the same time those bastards starting fkn around with the milk and thinning all that good shite outta, see what happens when ya let alledgedlyfkn smart bastards into the shop ot out back, shit goes fkn south fast, Thi milk, skinny fkn milk latte fkn milk and then...BAAFKNZINGO its PAcket shit in the CWA,, no place for that crap unless its painted fkn green and fed to some poor bastard in the fkn middle of nowhere i say.

AGAIN!...GET OUUTA THE FKN COUNTRY RIGHT THE FKN NOW BEFOER I ACP YA SKANY FLEA RODEN CARCASSES!

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JG mutters...

Posted April 16, 2013

I really laughed out loud (is there any other way?) at that, Havoc. You're a riot. I bet you're like that rowdy muppet (you know, the head banger), except without hair. What's its name?

You sure you haven't eaten any of the plastic stuff? No red food colouring? You're overexcited, but I can understand why. The CWA have gone too far this time.

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JG mutters...

Posted April 16, 2013

Animal. Yep, that's the one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtetyHQimgY

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HAVOCK21 ducks in to say...

Posted April 16, 2013

INDIGO, you really should be looking at a animated pic of say...Bruce Willis, he's more how I look, perhaps built a slightly wee better I am and with the mind of a fkn GOD!

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JG ducks in to say...

Posted April 16, 2013

Your modesty is admirable, Hav. Reminds me, I should see that new BW movie - A Good Day To Die Hard. Maybe you could secure a gig as Brucey's double.

I'm sure you'd scare the CWA ladies into making real cakes again. Maybe you should go to one of their meetings, Havoc.

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HAVOCK21 mumbles...

Posted April 16, 2013

My awesomeness at Decorating cakes knows no fkn bounds and would scare them, plus.......gods don't do that sorta shit!, I've reverted to type, death, choas and mayhem follwed with a nice red and some Margret River selected cheeses!

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w from brisbane has opinions thus...

Posted April 16, 2013

Dear Indigo
An example of HAVOCK's cake decorating. Maximum AWSM!!

http://i.imgur.com/u6LSE.jpg

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JG reckons...

Posted April 17, 2013

Havock has lovely nails, w. ;)

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tqft mutters...

Posted April 17, 2013

Must try harder.

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HAVOCK21 asserts...

Posted April 17, 2013

INDIGO, A GOD A WORK..RIGHT HERE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_9WdFYN-jc

JG swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 18, 2013

Hahaha!! Awesome, H. You're a natural on camera. I also checked out your clip on waiting for coffee.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CH3bJrGXrI&feature=endscreen&NR=1

I reckon you need a TV show, mate.

Of course, there's be a lot of beeps to cover you. :D

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Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted April 20, 2013

Havock can fix FKN anything!

He is an alchemist that can turn gold into stainless steel with nothing but a grinder.

People laughed at Newton, they laughed at Einstein but I have seen what Havock can do with mine own eyes!

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Dino not to be confused with puts forth...

Posted April 20, 2013

Just Sayin-

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-20/dodgy-profiteroles-blamed-for-listeria-outbreak/4641302

Paging Dr Havoc...

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First they came for my bar tender

Posted March 28, 2013 into Blunty by John Birmingham

One of the daffiest ideas I've ever seen floated in public debate.

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DNABeast would have you know...

Posted March 28, 2013

I thought alcohol consuption was mostly a self-regulating system. Slightly delayed of course. and painful. Very painful.

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Nocturnalist asserts...

Posted March 28, 2013

I'll bet you dinner that you could get this through with a little thought. I'll even suggest you could get it through with broad, enthusiastic support. You just need to be strategic.

You don't start off saying "we're going to monitor, track, tax and regulate everyone's drinking, including YOURS, peon, mwahahaha!" You start by targeting it at anyone on the bottom tax bracket or who's getting benefits (not the middle-class benefits, obviously, just the ones that help out the lower socio-economic rungs).

You declare that true-blue Aussie families are fed up with supporting those lazy non-starters who pocket the tax dollars of decent hard-working Australians and blow it all on irresponsible drinking. The government has an obvious duty to the silent, decent majority of ordinary Australian families to make sure their hard-earned wages aren't subsidising the dangerous and self-indulgent habits of certain fringe elements that have unfortunately attached themselves to our society.

Anyone who objects, you label as a bleeding-heart "snivel-libertarian" (thank you Mister Laws) tree-hugging do-gooder who just wants to hand over the wealth from our productive citizens to already-indulged minority groups so they can get violently, criminally drunk on the taxes of honest, traditionally-minded Aussies like you and me.

Frame the ad campaign right, get a couple of sympathetic shock jocks on board and craft your sound bites carefully and before long you'll have made sure that everyone understands that the real targets here are Those Sorts of People (while of course being shocked, shocked at the inflammatory, politically-correct hysteria of anyone who comes out and says you're demonising the unemployed, migrants and Aborigines as a smokescreen to get this thing through).

If the liquor industry arcs up about it, you just say that after a fruitful round of consultation you're going to assist the industry to adapt to the new selling regime with a special adjustment package, which is what you call your multi-million-dollar subsidies to the biggest brewers and grog merchants to keep them sweet. Any small producers not big enough to fund an electorally harmful ad campaign can of course go fuck themselves.

Marketing it as a punitive measure against those people already seen as down-and-outs lets you get it into law. Massage some stats from the Institute of Criminology and/or Family & Community Services to "demonstrate" that the measure is working to reduce irresponsible behaviour, and it just becomes part of the landscape - people stop thinking about it.

Then you start talking about what a useful revenue measure it is, and point out that it's discriminatory to just point it at the least fortunate in our society. That's easy, you just co-opt the rhetoric from all the people who've been saying that since the measure's introduction and pretend you came up with the point yourself. Ask why a hard-working, decent blue-collar Aussie with his small family business in Western Sydney should have to cop this measure for his well-deserved beer on Friday arvo, while the chardonnay-sipping fat cats in the inner city are exempt and can use yours and my tax dollars to fill their wine cellars as often as they like. Knock off the means test and issue the cards to everyone.

Done and dusted.

w from brisbane asserts...

Posted March 28, 2013

I feel like a cigarette.
Darn it! Too effen expensive.

Bunyip reckons...

Posted March 28, 2013

Oh, and it will stop the kiddez binge drinking...

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JG reckons...

Posted March 28, 2013

Bizarre proposal. Talk about Orwellian. We know your every move; your every purchase. Won't affect me too much as I don't buy much alcohol, but for those who drink a lot, I'd say it's a terrible invasion of privacy.

Almost as bad as footballers demanding a tax break. *&*ing whinging pussies.

Anyway, Happy Easter you lot. Don't drink too much.

JG :)

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w from brisbane reckons...

Posted March 28, 2013

JB, I did enjoy your biblical self-help reference, Onan the Barbarian.

There used to be a workshop visible from the train line as you left Fortitude Valley.
It had a sign advertising 'Onan Parts Service'. Used to amuse me.

Nocturnalist is gonna tell you...

Posted March 28, 2013

Dorothy Parker called her budgie Onan, because he spilled his seed everywhere.

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Lobes has opinions thus...

Posted March 28, 2013

PNG represent in the comments.

Enjoy your socialised drinking Ausfailians. Happy Easter from the Land of the Free.

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pi asserts...

Posted March 28, 2013

I wonder if the same response would exist for something like pot, if it were ever de-illegal'd, and regulated. I mean... drugs, the ones that doctors prescribe, can be tracked. It's not like they are, but they could be.

One of the biggest (legitimate) objections to pot legalization is the mental-health link. It's there. It's real. It can't be ignored. Registration requires mental-health checks, just like a doctor won't (err... shouldn't) give you access to drugs for something that would adversely affect your 'health'

Isn't this the same as alcohol... just about a century past the possibility of it occurring?

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Therbs mutters...

Posted March 28, 2013

I believe Mr Bangar would offer an alternative.

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Rhino has opinions thus...

Posted March 28, 2013

Hmmm ... I believe that I will will review your Google Glass (REQUIRED to be on whenever a citizen is in public) videos for the night(s) in question in order to measure your suitibility for obtaining:

1. Employment

2. Insurance

3. Additional taxes.

Welcome to 2014.Georgie was off by 30 years ... not bad for rounding-up.

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Rhino mutters...

Posted March 29, 2013

OT ...sorry ... but has anyone else seen the trailer for The Wolverine yet? AWSM SAUCE. Wolvie v Ninjas in Japan.

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damian mutters...

Posted March 29, 2013

Seems wacky now, but more of this sort of stuff will happen and not just as proposal. More to the point, if government doesn't get into it, the private sector will and it will be much harder to wrestle back some meagre control.

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