Stupidity: You're doing it right

>> Thursday, July 30, 2009

Much has been made over the last day or so of the recent incident on Kyle and Jackie O's radio show on 2Day FM, where they hooked a 14 year old girl up to a lie detector and she admitted that she had been raped at the age of 12 - live on air.

Kyle has made his own response here - and I'm sorry, dude, but you're just not cutting it. My problem is this:

We check with the mother before hand, and go through the questions they want asked.
Excuse me? What the hell do you think you're doing, asking a 14 year old girl those questions on national radio? Shut the fuck up, idiot.

I'm not a huge fan of the guy, but I manage to avoid exposure to him, so I don't have some kind of raging hate-on for him, but if I were his boss, he'd be needing to update his resume right about now. Of course, if I were his boss, he wouldn't have been running a segment which allowed children to be questioned about their sex lives on live fucking radio.

First Dog on the Moon has summed it up nicely here.


Poor kitty ...

>> Friday, July 24, 2009

I hate to say it, but it looks like one of the bugs from Starship Troopers!

funny pictures of cats with captions
see more Lolcats and funny pictures

I'm also hating my settings which are cutting off half the picture.

Sigh. Time for another update ...


Feel good video of the day

A nice way to celebrate the end of the week:


Cheaper Books? Doubtful.

As a keen reader (and terrible writer) I have been following the various hissyfits over the Productivity Commission's recommendation to abolish Parallel Import Restrictions with interest, and had found it difficult to find, amongst the various rantings and hurling of insults, any information that would explain clearly what exactly it all meant.

A clear explanation and (to me, highly persuasive) argument againt the abolition of PIRs can be found here. I wasn't exactly persuaded by the arguments put forward by the Coalition for Cheaper Books to start with - I mean really, who trusts retailers to champion lower prices for consumers? As Sally has noted:

The ‘Coalition’ is in fact made up of some very familiar names: Dymocks, Woolworths, Coles, K Mart, Big W and Target. Only one of these has selling books as a core business. All of them have retail as a core business – and a responsibility to maximise their profits to keep shareholders happy. And yet we are asked to believe, because they call themselves ‘The Coalition for Cheaper Books’ that their primary aim is to reduce book prices.

Think, if you will, about recent press about grocery prices. Consumer groups have been hugely concerned that the virtual duopoly held by Coles and Woolworths in the grocery market has driven grocery prices up. This pair also holds a vast share of the petrol market – where prices again go up even as world oil prices drop. Coles and Woolworths (and their subsidiaries) make up a major proportion of the so-called Coalition for Cheaper Books. If they are not concerned with lowering grocery and fuel prices, why should we believe that they will decrease book prices?



Found this via Crikey - I may not watch those particular shows, but dear Lord it applies to practically every show, ever, and they could stand to cut it out.


Pre-emptive No

>> Thursday, July 23, 2009

Note to The Boy - there is no way in HELL we are going to see this movie:

ACCLAIMED director Sam Raimi has been hired to make a movie based on the role-playing fantasy video game World of Warcraft, entertainment industry press reports said today.Raimi, best known for directing the trilogy of blockbuster Spider-Man superhero movies as well as classic 1981 horror film The Evil Dead, will shoot the film after completing work on Spider-Man 4, Daily Variety said.

World of Warcraft is a multiplayer online role-playing game developed by Southern California company Blizzard Entertainment and set in a fantasy world featuring monsters, humans, zombies and magical lands.

The franchise was first launched in 1994 and currently has more than 11 million monthly subscribers worldwide, holding the Guinness World Record for most-subscribed multiplayer online game.

Ack. If you're a fan, you may be either quite excited, in which case feel free to enjoy it far, far from me; or you're horrified at this travesty, in which case I invite you to join me in firebombing every cinema that plays it.*

Note to law enforcement: Kidding!


They didn't. Did they?

>> Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I have been reluctant to add to the outpourings over the death of Michael Jackson, but sharing this article has proved irresistible - probably because it's so twisted.

For example:

"This week at his memorial, his brothers and sisters gathered to support and to mourn the passing of their talented sibling. In the photos of those difficult times, it is immediately apparent that whatever it was that was different about Michael, it probably wasn’t genetic. His eldest brother Jackie is a thick-set man with broad shoulders, Tito has a solid, masculine figure, Jermaine shares the manly physiques of his older brothers and combines it with a chiselled jaw, Marlon and Randy have similar builds and Marlon usually wears a thick

The surviving images of the great castrati of history suggest that
castrati do not physically develop in the same way as other boys. The absence of testosterone as they grow not only affects their ribs, it also prevents them developing the other typical physical characteristics of grown men — body hair, broad shoulders and most significantly, a manly voice. A study in mice also found that castrating mice leads to depigmentation of their skin. Although this finding is hardly conclusive, it provides an intriguing explanation for the significant depigmentation of his skin.

The lack of women (or men) who claim to have slept with Michael Jackson seems surprising given his level of celebrity, and it appears that none of his children were naturally conceived. Michael Jackson kept his private life intensely private, which was his prerogative. But is it possible that his unusual love and s-x life was as much a result of a physical inability to engage in sexual intimacy as it was about sexual preference? He clearly enjoyed the company of children.

Could this have been the result of a preference for the simpler, more honest level at which children communicate, free of the temptations and complications of sexual desire? Perhaps children were more his physical and emotional equals than the adults in his life. They at least spoke with similar voices."

You've got to love a good conspiracy theory, especially one that seems completely implausible.


I was right!!!

According to my sitemeter, since I started (intermittently) posting again? Traffic plummeted!! Whee!!


Seriously. SHUT. UP!

>> Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I am still enjoying the Days of Rage (aka the quit smoking project), as at least I have licence to bitch loudly at work and nobody is quite game to tell me off. However, I have discovered an article I do not feel qualified to bitch about, except to say that this cock-smurf might change his tune after he passes a kidney stone the size of a watermelon. The DVD Queen will be there to tell him to push when he does.


News from the file marked "DUH!"

>> Monday, July 13, 2009

I'm back from the blogging dead to report that I am in fact still alive. My many fans* may breathe a sigh of relief. Unfortunately there will be no recaps in the near future (I know! I can hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth from here!! Heh), as there are certain other things keeping me distracted. Such as a quit smoking attempt. I think I'm going to KILL SOMEONE soon. Everyone just needs to shut up already. Shut up A LOT.

In case you can't tell, I'm really living up to my name here. I'm very easily set off, so today's "You Idiots" award goes to the Advertiser, and whoever decided that this was newsworthy. I mean, really? No shit? Way to go, Australian Institute of Criminology!!

Excuse me. I think I need to go and kick the photocopier.

* Yes, I know. That was sarcasm.

Update: Also? NO SHIT, Sherlock.


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