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Friday, October 29, 2004
 
JUST IN FROM THE TALLY ROOM

The neo-cons' invasion causes 100 000 'excess deaths'.

That's just the 'excess' slaughter, mind you ...

And what does our noble Minister for Offence have to say about it? "Unfortunately there will always be, always be some civilian casualties."

Not if you don't bomb 'em just like Western Civilisation did when it killed 250000 of 'em last time or impoverish 'em, like it did for a decade after that .

That's about a million corpses out of 24 million Iraqis. That's about 400 World Trade Centres Western Civilisation has visited upon them in
fourteen years.

Every living Iraqi adult - and not a few Iraqi children - knows someone Western Civilsation has killed.

I don't doubt a lot of Iraqis would love democracy.

It's just Western Civilsation they've had enough of ...

 
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
 
Vale John Peel

A kick in the teeth for Beeb listeners everywhere: John's influence has towered over the development of popular music for nearly four decades and his contribution to modern music and music culture is immeasurable.

When I was a twelve-year-old in Namibia, the man who introduced me to Pink Floyd was John Peel. When I was a thirteen-year-old in England, the man who introduced me to T-Rex was John Peel. When I was 20-year-old in New Zealand, the man who introduced me to the Undertones was John Peel.

I was listening to that ubiquitous, enthusiastic, drily mischievous monotone mebbe a month ago. Far too much the stick-in-the-mud to enjoy most of the new sounds he'd dug up for me, but listening - coz it was John.

Blub.
 
Monday, October 25, 2004
 
NOTHING TO SEE HERE, FOLKS

Late October to mid-November is blaryngitis month here at blogorrhoea. In my line of work, the office calls loudest when the outdoors are sweetest.

More thrilling tales of debt, deceit and decay a coupla weeks hence, then.

And mebbe a bit more gratuitous filth and idle observation, too. I've been scoring consistently well on the dismalism brief, but have unconscionably neglected that dilettantism bit of late.

Anyway, until then, concern yourself with these quotes:

"Medicare is an unmitigated disaster."
John Howard
Press Release 5 Nov 1986

"We want an end to the enormous waste that is involved in Medicare. We want an end to the waste that is involved in bulk billing."
John Howard
House of Representatives 20 Nov 1986

"Major savings can be made if we overhaul the Medicare system."
John Howard
House of Representatives 21 August 1986

And then comfort yourself with this one:

‘That (mandate) suggestion is invalid. On the simple proposition that when people vote in an election, they do not vote on only one issue. The mandate theory of politics, from the point of view of proper analysis, has always been absolutely phony.’ (Howard, 1987, on this occasion opposing the ALP attempt to introduce the Australia Card on civil liberties grounds)


 
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