Stupidity undermining marriage

The growing trend for people to meet over the internet is having a profound effect on Australian marriages, with cyber romances playing a role in thousands of break-ups. How many “the internet is destroying the moral fabric of society” stories along exactly the same lines have we seen in the last few years? But how…

Source of confusion

The funny story that was emailed around the globe, but wasn't entirely true . . . Now there's a shock! BBC journalist Karen Bowerman accidentally interviewed some bloke (video here), reportedly a taxi driver, instead of veteran IT commentator Guy Kewney (picture here). You can see how she might have got the two mixed up….

Stupid sexy Media Watch

I’ll admit to being a scarily obsessive fan of Media Watch, which I concede is not most people’s idea of light entertainment. So I was a tad surprised when tonight’s episode carried a warning beforehand that it was for mature audiences because it contained a sex scene. For a few terrified seconds, I was picturing…

On hold

So whose bright idea was it that while I'm on hold getting increasingly frustrated because the company I'm calling is too cheap to hire enough call centre staff, to compound their contempt by playing their advertisements at me?!

Selectively sexist

Model and worldwide desire-object Lara Bingle, infamous for uttering the words “Where the bloody hell are you?” in the ‘controversial’ Tourism Australia ad, is suing lad wank mag Zoo Weekly for defamation, misleading conduct and breach of copyright after it published pics of her posing in a revealing swimsuit. Breach of copyright makes sense since…

Proper satire

What with budget and mining distractions, we haven't heard a peep about this story in Australia, but there's an ongoing fuss in the US media and blogsphere about Stephen Colbert's speech last week to the White House Correspondents' Association (transcript here, video here, lots of interesting responses here and here). Colbert's speech quite emphatically took…

We should be outraged, but . . .

. . . it’s hard even to be surprised. An economist has finally done the sums on how much money the government has pork-barelled away to keep itself in power. ANZ Bank chief economist Saul Eslake reckons over the past four years the government has revised its tax intake estimates upwards by $97.5 billion. But…

Sickos

The Private Jake Kovco story just keeps getting more farcical. The government overdoes things just a tad by putting on the highest military honours for his funeral. And because the media abhors the vacuum left by the gaping holes in Defence’s explanation of how he died, there’s no end of speculation. This prurient interest in…

Fuck families

I’m absolutely fed up with being a member of a marginalised and oppressed minority. It’s just ridiculous. With the Federal budget due next week, what’s all the discussion about? The Oz says: Families facing the double threat of a looming interest rate rise and higher petrol prices are expected to secure tax relief in the…

Opportunity lost

With all the media attention in the last week or so on a mysteriously dead solider going strangley AWOL and two astoundingly not dead gold miners not going anywhere, I'm amazed the PM didn't take the opportunity to declare himself Supreme Overlord for All Eternity. He's already got plenty of form announcing things when nobody's…

Oh dear God no . . .

The official results are in and we can no longer escape the conclusion that the vast majority of people are complete barking morons. A poll of 10,230 adults in 10 countries (Brazil, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Russia, South Korea, the UK and the US) conducted by GlobeScan on behalf of Reuters, the BBC and…