Forlorn.of.thee (fa'lo:n ŭv thē), p, my only strength and stay,forlorn of thee, whither shall I betake me, where subsist?
Paradise Lost by John Milton

Monday, November 16, 2009

2012? Who cares?

We've been reading about global warming, greenhouse gasses, climate change blah blah...

There will be a climate change conference in Copenhagen from the 7th to 18th December 2009 and we've got all these countries hoping for great changes, setting emission targets to save our planet.

What the hell, bugged the planet. Why should Australia care, suffer the economic consequences when the major emitters don't give a f*ck.

List of countries by 2006 emissions in tonnes. Source Wikipedia

How many of the countries listed above are doing anything towards reducing their carbon emissions? China? US? Russia? India?

It's really no different to saving the whales... There's Greenpeace screaming "Whales must not be allowed to die in the thousands..." and there's Japan screaming "Sushi !"

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Australia - a short history

"Damn Colonist!"
(Watching Captain Cook claim NSW in 1788)

English: "Bugger, it's Paddy and his leprechauns!"
(Watching the arrival of Irish convicts between 1791-1820)

Whites: "Yellow peril !"
(Following the arrival of Chinese miners in the 1850s)

West Europeans: "Oh my Lord, it's the wogs and Mafia crims here to steal our jobs and wives!"
(Cringing at the arrival of the Italians, Greeks, Poles and Yugoslavs in the 1950s)

All: "It's the bloody boat people !"
(Counting as 100,000 Vietnamese escape communism between 1970s - 1980s)

John Howard: "Stop the Afgans on the MV Tampa and Iraqis sneaking into Australia ! Mandatory detention !"
(John Howard playing on Australians xenophobic sentiment, won the election in 2001)

Kevin Rudd: "It's about people smuggling, like money laundering and drug trafficking. It's not about refugees from war-torn Sri Lanka."
(Rudd Government on the dilemma posed by 78 Tamils on board the Aussie customs ship, the Oceanic Viking, 2009)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Cottonwool Kids and Spoilt Brats

Reading Annie's blog, made me wonder how far we've come...

"PINT-SIZED crash helmets, baby- wipe warmers, baby GPS units, temporary tattoos with mum's mobile number and food allergy warnings". We protect, mollycoddle, teach them to walk away from fights. We let them have their way, throw tantrums at the supermarket, buy them the latest toys and gadgets and more...

What happened to the sound smack when they misbehave? Where's the biff in the school playground?

Even schools now eschew corporal punishment and teachers have one less behavioral motivator. I recall being hauled up at assembly (in front of the whole school and feeling the cane), standing in the corner of the classroom, arms outstretched holding weighty tomes and running round the quad. It probably made me a better person.

Was in church on Sunday for a little quiet reflection but alas there was this couple letting their kid run amok, not just in the aisle but climbing all over the altar. Yea, Jesus may love little kids but I could have throttled that monkey...