Archive for April 9, 2003

Just Because I’m Paranoid, It

April 9, 2003

Just Because I’m Paranoid, It Doesn’t Mean They Aren’t Out To Get Me!

Commandante Corr thinks the US is deliberately targetting independent media in Baghdad because…well, he doesn’t really offer any motive, I guess it’s just because they are eeeeeeevil.

The Americans knew exactly what they were bombing. Abu Dhabi TV’s “identity is spelled out in large blue letters on the roof”. The Palestine Hotel is, to steal Ken’s phrase, “notoriously where nearly all international journalists were headquartered”. Al Jazeera insists that “Our office is in a residential area and even the Pentagon knows its location”.

So were the attacks accidental? Based on the eyewitness accounts: No.

Against Al Jazeera, the US seems to have flown past a couple of times to make sure they hit the right target:

In an unrelated story, Rob’s local deli has completely sold out of aluminium foil. And hats.

Whales: Succulent and Tasty! Scientists

April 9, 2003

Whales: Succulent and Tasty!

Scientists aren’t convinced that whales are all they are cracked up to be.

Less intelligent whale species are much like sheep and should be sustainably hunted, says one of the nation’s most influential environmental scientists, Tim Flannery.

In a controversial paper to be published in next week’s Quarterly Essay, Dr Flannery, author, mammalogist and director of the South Australian Museum, says whale protection has departed from “environmental logic”.

Of course, such revelations are nothing new to thinkers such as Maddox, who writes:

Whales are drinking all our water and eating our sailors.

When they’re not busy ravaging the high seas, they’re getting beached and rotting to death out of spite so nobody can enjoy the beach.

In fact, when is the last time a whale did anything other than some stupid trick like jumping out of the water?

Ooh, the whale can jump out of the water. Big deal. Try building an oil rig, then I’ll be impressed asshole.