Archive for July 2, 2003

UN Tackles Cambodia

July 2, 2003

Gweilo Diaries reports that the UN is addressing what is becoming a major problem in Cambodia:

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has been named the biggest smoker among world leaders. The United Nations has appealed to him to quit the habit, and after several failed attempts he said he was ready to try once again.

Next week at the UN: World Leaders who leave their garden sprinklers on for longer than necessary.

HELP TIM BUY A NEW SHIRT

July 2, 2003

env3.jpgAlways thinking of others, Tim Blair raised some money for Bali survivor Jake Ryan. Unlike some other charitable organisations, Tim forgot to skim any off the top to provide the organisation with valuable office supplies such as regular sized keyboards and non-Hawaiian shirts.

I’m starting the “Help Tim Buy A New Shirt” fund. Donation pledges will be accepted in the comments box below, or just go Here and send a shirt to Tim!

Don’t Try This At Home

July 2, 2003

Michael Jennings brings up some interesting points of law regarding bag searches in Australian retail stores at White Rose. Note to readers: Don’t try walking away from security guards in Perth.

July 2, 2003

Steve Edwards reviews the Australian Political Quiz and compares it with some of the more established quizzes running around. I’ve responded to some of his points in the comments.

July 2, 2003

Steve Edwards reviews the Australian Political Quiz and compares it with some of the more established quizzes running around. I’ve responded to some of his points in the comments.

July 2, 2003

Steve Edwards reviews the Australian Political Quiz and compares it with some of the more established quizzes running around. I’ve responded to some of his points in the comments.

Christina Battles MTV, Nymphomania

July 2, 2003
Christina Aguilera is bravely defending the right to free expression by taking off all her clothes and pretending to fuck dancers, hoses and anything else on the set. Puritans at MTV have crushed her dissent like the totalitarian pigs they are:

Christina Aguilera is back to her dirrty ways, and the pop star’s latest attempt to push the envelope is causing quite a stir over at MTV, the New York Post reports.

The video for Can’t Keep Us Down, shot by celeb photographer David La Chappelle, somehow manages to outdo Dirrty in terms of bared flesh.

So, the cable channel has put the brakes on the video’s debut and has ordered La Chappelle to tone it down. Seems MTV was particularly offended by a scene in which Aguilera plays suggestively with a water hose.

Question: Who is MTV afraid it will offend? Britney Spears?

Brave first amendment warrior, Christina Aguilera

Receipts Misplaced

July 2, 2003

Public department rorts are nothing new, but this is taking it to new levels:

A SECRET auditor’s report found that almost $1 million has gone missing from a West Australian Aboriginal health organisation through unexplained debts, salary over-payments, undocumented travel expenses and personal loans.

The report by accounting firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu – looking at the books for the 2000 and 2001 financial years – shows “payments totalling $927,148 were either not supported by appropriate documentation or proper authorisation”.

WAACCHO, the representative body for Western Australia’s 19 Aboriginal health services, currently operates on a budget of about $500,000.

They would have been lucky to have enough left over to pay their power bill.

Cultural Imperialism

July 2, 2003

The citizens of America are being bombarded with Australian culture in every aspect of their daily lives. So much so, that the increased usage of Australian slang such as “barbie” and “bludger” has led to them being included in the dictionary.

No news on “Yobbo” yet.