Archive for March 16, 2004

Surely Not

March 16, 2004

France bashing: Justified or just getting carried away?

You decide…

China and France will hold rare joint naval exercises off the mainland’s eastern coast on Tuesday, just four days before Beijing’s rival, Taiwan, holds presidential elections.

Conrad has more.

Save Our Sunset!

March 16, 2004

As a resident of Scarborough, I’ve been watching with great mirth as the resident NIMBYists get all their knickers in a twist about the concept of further redevelopment at the beachfront.

Scarborough, as I’ve mentioned before, is WA’s premier beach and a destination for a great many tourists. Rendezvous’ Observation City hotel is the only high rise building in the suburb, and the block it is situated on is the centre of nightlife in the area.

Numerous companies have put forward proposals for more hotels and apartment blocks on the foreshore. Obviously the residents are up in arms, but not for the reasons you’d expect. It’s not the threat of environmental degradation or unregulated capitalism that’s got them upset. Rather, they’re worried about losing their ocean views.

I received a pamphlet in the mail last week from the “Save Our Sunset Coastal Action Group” encouraging us all to do the right thing and oppose the development. Scarborough, they say, could end up like the next Gold Coast!!11!

The next Gold Coast, eh? Gee, wouldn’t that be awful? Everyone’s houses would double in price, there’d be lots of stuff to do at night, and the place would be filled with Japanese office ladies on their yearly holidays.

Sounds absolutely shithouse!

And by that, I mean I hope they build so many skyscrapers I can’t even see the sun.

SOSCAG can’t seem to understand that most people in Scarborough don’t HAVE ocean views anyway. There’s a bloody great hill right next to the beach that nobody can see over. You’re talking about 2 streets worth of homeowners that might actually have something to lose from redevelopment. Most of those places will probably increase in price anyway. Somehow, I doubt their protest will amount to much.

Photo Of The Day

March 16, 2004

That’s Rob Corr, finally seeing the light.

Beer Drinkers Are Stupid

March 16, 2004

Tim Dunlop’s in fine form lately. In one post he reveals the results of Shane Warne’s IQ test, and simultaneously accuses the right of being a bunch of hypocrites – with zero evidence:

It would be wrong not to mention the fact that cricket’s idiot savant, Shane Warne

Since Shane’s never been IQ tested to my knowledge, I can only assume that Tim’s assessment of him is based on his lack of cultual nuance. After all, Shane eats baked beans, drinks domestic brand beer (rather than EXPENSIVE WINE) and doesn’t mind a shag here and there. People like that are everything that’s wrong with Australia.

They’re the same morons who probably agree with those redneck refugee policies and go to the pub instead of the theatre!

We’ve also got Tim’s assessment of Scott Wickstein, who is accused of the heinous crime of claiming cricket is a team sport.

Scott, as we know, tends to dress right politically, but like a lot sports fans seems to have an pronounced socialist streak when it comes to sport: extolling the virtues of community over individualism; accepting measures like salary caps to level the playing field between rich and poor clubs; supporting massive government subsidies for such things as the Institute of Sport, stadium construction, sporting scholarships and the like, not to mention regulation such as the anti-syphoning laws.

Scott, as just about everyone except Tim is aware, has no such support for socialist sport policies. Neither, to my knowledge, do any of the right-leaning bloggers.

Haven’t you ever watched the footy show, Tim? Eddie McGuire keeps all us idiots informed on the socialist evils of the AFL salary cap and draft in every episode. And, as we’re too stupid to think about it ourselves, we all agree with Eddie.

So come on, who are these mythical right-wing hypocrites supporting the salary cap and the Institute of Sport? Maybe it’s that moron army of Shane Warne supporters again, marching through the streets with their VB and Winnie Blues. Troglodytes.