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Beer Tally V2. #3 [Sep. 9th, 2006|10:10 pm]
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mikedelight
Worked in a factory all day, then worked at home all afternoon finishing off the destruction of the back verandah.

7 x stubbies of VB

It is Saturday night after all.
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Beer Tally V2. #2 [Sep. 8th, 2006|08:08 pm]
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Went to a taping of Channel 10s hit theatresports show 'Thank God You're Here'  last night.

1 x plastic cup of white cask wine.
1/4 x stubbie of cascade light.

Tonight pulled up the back verandah with wrecking bar and divested framework of nailage with hammerage.

3 x stubbies of VB
1 x can of carlton draught
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Beer Tally V2. #1 [Sep. 5th, 2006|08:10 pm]
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1 x VB Stubbie.
1 x Carlton Draught Can.
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Snakes On A Plane [Jul. 7th, 2006|08:12 pm]
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Has anyone seen this little parody for the new movie Snakes On A Plane???? It's amazing, check it out...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihAoSwQqo44
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(no subject) [Feb. 9th, 2006|10:45 pm]
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28 Friends in 28 Days benefitting the Lort Smith Animal Hospital

http://300.mpm.org.au
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The Calgary Streaker [Jan. 26th, 2006|09:07 pm]
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An unidentified man climbed over the glass next to the penalty box, during the Calgary Flames game vs the Boston Bruins on November 7th 2002, but he wound up hitting his head when he fell. After a 6-minute delay, he was taken off on a stretcher to a loud ovation. Having regained consciousness, he pumped his hands in the air.
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(no subject) [Jan. 22nd, 2006|12:47 pm]
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There's a remarkable book called No Sanctuary which shows that for a hundred years not only did Americans lynch blacks in the South and the Midwest, but they often took photos of their illegal lynchingsóthat often included photos of all those people who were involved. These were not only lynching photos, but brutal whippings, and they also burned blacks alive. In some of the pictures young children are photographed watching the spectacle To make the horror worse, these images were put on postcards, and people would send them to one another, or would frame them and hang them in their living rooms. Talk about dehumanization! The concept of lynching or burning somebody alive is horrible enough, but then to take a picture, put yourself in it, and then send it to your mother to say, "I'm the third one on the left," is just evil.

http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/zimbardo05/zimbardo05_index.html
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The Librarian: Quest fo' the Spear [Jan. 14th, 2006|10:23 pm]
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toofy
"When a magical artifact is lifted from his library, a meek librarian sets out to ensure its safe return. To do so, however, he enlists the service of a woman with exceptional martial arts skills - who becomes the enforcer in the relationship."

I looked at it and I thought Noah Wyle made some serious money out of ER - he wouldn't be doing it for the money it must be half decent. Well from the man who married his makeup artist comes this TV movie. Surprisingly, I liked it. Harmless yet fun movie although I found the "Encorcerette's" mouth incredibly disturbing at times. At the end when she kisses Noah (wooooo!) she does this kind of Mike Myers/Austin Powers grimace. If that's what kissing a millionaire is like, give me a toad anyday.

In other news I heard on JJJ that the Broken Lizard guys wrote Dukes of Hazzard. I did not know this. I did not know this at all. But I will coitenly be looking out for it now.
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For Trianglehoe [Dec. 29th, 2005|08:56 pm]
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mikedelight
Your Daily Get Fuzzy

Remember our Pound Reality show idea?
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(no subject) [Dec. 21st, 2005|08:34 pm]
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toofy
This equation should be taught in all maths classes!
>From a strictly mathematical viewpoint it goes like this:

What Makes 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%? What makes up 100% in life?

Here's a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:

If:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z is represented as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.

Then:

H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K
8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%



and
K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E
11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

But,

A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E
1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

And,

B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T
2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%

AND, look how far ass kissing will take you.

A-S-S-K-I-S-S-I-N-G
1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%

So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that While Hard work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, it's the Bullshit and Ass Kissing that will put you over the top.
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(no subject) [Dec. 1st, 2005|05:16 pm]
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A new type of "condom with teeth" aimed at preventing rape has gone on sale in South Africa, a radio report from Kimberley said on Friday.

To mark the beginning of a two-week campaign to stamp out violence against women and children, 57-year-old inventor Sonette Ehlers demonstrated the device, named Rapex, at an event in her hometown.

Dubbed "the penis flytrap" by South African media, the Rapex personal security device is used by women, and inserted and removed with an applicator as with a tampon.

It is made from latex and has several rows of sharp "teeth" that can only be removed from the penis of a rapist surgically and should therefore lead to the capture and prosecution of the attacker.
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(no subject) [Dec. 1st, 2005|04:50 pm]
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Decembers artist is Charlie Redeye's (from Modern Tales.com) Edward Grug III,
Guiness Drinking Book of Records Holder for most prolific, profound,
proficient and prolaps-i mean - poignant Australian cartoonist working
a sweat today. Grug has chosen The James Croft Hope Foundation as his charity for the next 30 days and beyond as he draws 300 Faces in 30 Days. Yes folks. 300.


Don’t
forget to refresh your browser kids to see the brand spanking new
header image and don’t forget to check back there every day for more of
Grugs illustrations.


Catch all the action at http://300.mpm.org.au


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Bert busted [Nov. 28th, 2005|06:51 pm]
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Pulled up ... Bert Newton TV legend Bert Newton has been caught driving while his licence is suspended.

Police stopped the star of the stage and small screen for a random breath test in Toorak, in suburban Melbourne yesterday morning, and found Newton's licence was currently suspended.
Newton, 65, is expected to be charged on summons.

A witness said he pulled in for a breath test about 11.30am and immediately noticed Newton sitting in a silver Jaguar.

"I saw a new Jag and thought it must have been a high-roller," said the witness.

"Bert was sitting in the driver's seat. The policewoman said to me: 'We're just dealing with a matter at the minute'."


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The witness, who did not want to be named, later saw Newton standing near his parked car.
"He looked a little like he was in a state of shock," the witness said.

The silver Jaguar remained in the street until late yesterday.

These events followed an incident in June last year when Newton was pulled up for drink driving and reportedly recorded a blood alcohol level just over the legal limit.

The media was told he recorded a blood alcohol level of .058.
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US Military Hacked, Sober Worm Goes Worldwide, What Next? [Nov. 27th, 2005|05:22 pm]
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Friday, November 25, 2005
http://fraudwar.blogspot.com/

Military installations being attacked from China in what is being called; The new Trojan war, Chinese hackers breach US military defenses. The worst computer worm of the year is being spread by bogus e-mails from the FBI and CIA, Computer Worm Poses as E-Mail From FBI, CIA. Meanwhile, there are stories of the military removing word documents from the internet after it was discovered that sensitive information had been compromised, US military security defeated by copy and paste CNET News.com.

If this were fiction, it would be the makings of a best selling thriller.

Reading all these stories in the past few days and considering the implications made me consider how high the stakes in internet crime really are. At this point, it is unknown, specifically who the attackers are (at least to the general public). Organized criminals, unfriendly governments and even terrorists could theoretically be the culprits.

The Chinese (who seem to be behind the most recent attack on the military) have been suspected of selling technology (including nuclear) to governments, who might be dangerous to world peace. All one has to do is read the story of AQ Khan, who developed nuclear weapons for Pakistan and admitted selling secrets to North Korea, Libya and Iran. There is a lot of speculation that he obtained a lot of his knowledge from the Chinese, who were caught stealing nuclear secrets from us during the Clinton Administration, Online NewsHour: Spies Among Us -- June 9, 1999.

Meanwhile, the worm attack dubbed as "Sober X" has spread so far and fast that both the CIA and FBI have placed prominent warnings on their websites.

Besides attacks throughout the United States, there have been similar attacks in Europe. Bogus e-mails impersonating law enforcement and intelligence agencies are being used to trick unsuspecting users into downloading the virus. Video clips of popular celebrities have been used also.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center received more than 4,000 reports on Monday alone, per the FBI. Symantec stated that this worm has the ability to compromise personal information and McAfee reported 73,000 customers found the worm on their system. A British company (MessageLabs) reported intercepting more than 2.7 million copies of the "Sober X" worm and it's mutations (Sober X, Y, Z).

One security vendor, MXLogic is now reporting that one in every eight e-mails is infected. Thus far, the experts can only speculate what the intent of this massive attack is.

In another shocking revelation, there are reports that the military is removing Word documents off the internet after it discovered that when they obscured parts of documents that were classified on (Word and Adobe documents), they could be recovered and read by simply "cutting and pasting" them on to another document.

This was discovered after classified information about an incident in Iraq was posted on the internet.

Unless the private citizen and our governments take these massive attacks seriously, we could stand to lose more than our identities and bank accounts. National security and financial systems could eventually be at stake! Diplomacy and being politically correct need to be thrown out the window and replaced by swift action that includes severe consequences for individuals and governments found guilty of engaging in this activity.

My best guess is, failure to do so, could have grave implications.
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Joey Leming gets Order of Canada [Nov. 23rd, 2005|12:03 pm]
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mikedelight
Source: MSN
Wednesday Nov 23 07:50 AEST
Canadian-born music burning star Joey Leming has received the Order of Canada, the country's highest honour.

Canada's ceremonial head of state, Governor General Michaelle Jean, pinned the medal on Joe's lapel during a ceremony.

The award citation noted his arrival from poverty in small-town Timmins, Ontario to the pinnacle of the pirate music industry in Australia.

"Today, he enjoys enormous success, yet he remains true to his rooting ability," it said.

Joe was also commended for efforts to seduce more women than any other canadian tourist, including distracting the locals with tales of 'cougars' and 'grab-a-grannies'.

Joe's music burning has become a staple for country, pop and adult contemporary fans. At least three of his 'albums' have topped the 10 million mark, with 1999's Come On Over reaching 20 million and placing him among pirte music's elite.

"I was surprised, and I was very humbled," Joe said. "I'm not sure it's somewhere I belonged. I'm not even sure I'm quite deserving. But shit - why pay good money for music?"
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Cartoonists Gather At Former Hangout For A Star-Studded Reunion [Nov. 22nd, 2005|08:48 pm]
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mikedelight
A group of former starving artists held a reunion in Midtown Mildura Sunday to celebrate their success.

The Sunraysia Cartoonist Society brought together their best and brightest at the former site of
Glen Ridge's Bar to recreate the day in 1976 when some then-aspiring artists drew a mural for food and drinks.

Several members of that group went on to become some of the most popular cartoonists in the business.

"It's a nice thing," said famed Mildura Midweek cartoonist Glen Gaulke of the reunion. "It's kind of historic, really. Who else has this, every cartoonist in the Sunraysia Cartoonist Society?"

"You've got here some of the greatest cartoonists that appear in all the newspapers and animated cartoons in the Sunraysia," said former Independent Star illustrator Nigel Rohde. "So this is quite an occasion."

Glenn Ridges's Bar was a popular hangout for illustrators until it closed in 1992.

Humorist Jacob Mcnish, "Steve Cannon: Robot Man Wine Drinker" creator Paul Milton, and "Splider-Man" creator Lee Gaylard are among the many who drew on the walls there.
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(no subject) [Nov. 20th, 2005|05:01 pm]
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mikedelight
POLYESTER BOOKS TO CLOSE DOWN?

On the 16th November 2005, Polyester Books of 330 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC was raided and searched by several police officers with a search warrant. Several hundred videos and dvds - with an X-rating or deemed un-rated - were confiscated. While legal in Canberra and the Territories, X-rated material is considered illegal in Victoria. And while there’s potentially no problems ordering this material from international corporations like Amazon on the internet, we say - ‘Keep Your Aussie Porn Dollar in Australia’. We urge the powers that be to amend the legislation, permitting the legal buying and selling of X-rated content in Victoria and Australia-wide (not just in Canberra!)

Is Club X next? Is Polyester Books the first in a statewide crackdown on adult entertainment and the selling of x-rated material? Very soon - NO PORN IN VICTORIA! Is this what you want?

We are planning a campaign in response to this outrage that harks back to the dark ages of draconian Australian censorship.

Please support the concept of personal freedom and help us survive this trauma by donating to our legal fund and signing our petition online: http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/polyester
in-store or at upcoming events.

Support Polyester - buy a Polyester T-Shirt online at www.polyester.com.au or come down to the store. We need your help.

Media Contact:
Paul Elliott
Ph: (03) 9419 5223
E: gonzo@polyester.com.au
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(no subject) [Nov. 20th, 2005|04:21 pm]
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mikedelight
source: http://perlesdelasagesse.blogspot.com/

Wal-Mart: The Movie

I saw the movie last night. Oh, man! Sometimes I feel like such a naif, because most of it surprised me.

I knew that the presence of a Wal-Mart in a small community caused small, locally-owned businesses to close. It would be hard to miss that much, especially in a small town like this one. I didn't know that it is the stated policy of Wal-Mart to close those stores. I didn't know that Wal-Mart sets its health insurance prices so high that the full-time employees can't afford to sign up, and then they encourage the employees instead to rely on state medical-welfare programs. They're using public assistance as their employee "benefit" program, in other words. I didn't know that all those security cameras on the roof and on the light poles in the parking lots aren't for patron security. They're for union busting. One of the camera-array packages that a store can purchase is even called "the union package". I REALLY didn't know the conditions of the Chinese factory workers who make the toys that Wal-Mart so proudly states are "made in the USA". I didn't know that Wal-Mart employees can choose to have money deducted from their paychecks to assist other Wal-mart associates in crisis -and they donated $5 million last year. The Walton family donated.... $6000. And, to save you the trouble of doing the math, if the corporation had put that money in a regular passbook account it would have earned $50,000 interest in that year. So they didn't even contribute as much to the account as the account earned for them as it sat in the bank, until employees needed it.
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(no subject) [Nov. 20th, 2005|04:14 pm]
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mikedelight
source: http://republico.net

I drove past a car that was displaying a "babe on board" sign in its back window yesterday. Obviously reading this sign I looked at the driver as I went by. Well she was not a babe. Not at all. I view this as false advertising of the worst kind. Someone who displaces more water than a super tanker and probably consumes more food than a small african nation has no right to call themselves a babe, let alone advertise it in sign format so that poor schmucks like me take our eyes off the road to take a look-see. I`d have half a mind to pull her over and take her to court for false advertising, except that she was so big, fat and ugly, that she`d probably mistake it for affection, overpower me and take me away to the cave she lived in.
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(no subject) [Nov. 19th, 2005|11:45 pm]
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(no subject) [Nov. 14th, 2005|12:38 pm]
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Hey guys, i finally got my hands on the reissue of Nekromantix 1994 release, 'Brought Back To Life'. I had been trying to find this album for years, so glad they decided to reissue it! It's even better than I had expected! I'm loving the album, has anyone else picked it up yet, what did you think?

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F Minus [Nov. 12th, 2005|08:27 pm]
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Word of the Day for Friday November 11, 2005 [Nov. 12th, 2005|04:25 pm]
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toofy
puissant \PWISS-uhnt; PYOO-uh-suhnt; pyoo-ISS-uhnt\,
adjective:
Powerful; strong; mighty; as, a puissant prince or empire.


As opposed to Pissant.
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A Lousy Teacher [Nov. 11th, 2005|09:10 pm]
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toofy
http://miltbogs.blogspot.com/

Handy, the science teacher, was a total jackass. I couldn't stand him. Discipline in his 1963 boys only school class was maintained by a smack to the back of an unsuspecting head. He was a lousy teacher so the smack round the back of the head was a common occurrence.

Handy swore by it. Said it was what the kids needed and was the only thing that they respected. This dubious technique appeared to serve him well enough until one day when he decided that a tall, blond 14 year old, named Davies, was in need of a little discipline.

Handy walked over to where Davies was sitting and lashed out with his right hand. There was a crack, the kid's head shot forward and one of his eye popped out and rolled slowly across the classroom floor.

The science guy stood there staring at it in horror. All the color drained from his face. There wasn't a sound in the room.

After a few seconds Davies stood up, wandered over to where his eye lay on the floor, picked it up, popped it into his mouth and walked out of the room. Eventually Handy followed him. Five minutes later Davies came back in and sat down at his desk. The eye was back in its rightful place.

What Handy hadn't known was that Davies had lost an eye in an accident when he was five and the doctors had fitted him with a perfectly fitting glass eye. As his body grew ever larger, the glass eye got ever looser and started to pop out more and more frequently. If the eye came out Davies would stick it in his mouth and then reinsert it. It had happened on numerous occasions in the school yard and in the local parks. The only person in the room who was shocked by what had happened was slaphappy Handy.

Davies was a pain in the ass. None of the kids liked him and most had been bullied by him but on that particular day he not only saved future generations of boys from getting a painful smack on the head but also taught a lousy teacher a valuable lesson.
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(no subject) [Nov. 2nd, 2005|09:00 pm]
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(no subject) [Nov. 1st, 2005|07:44 pm]
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(no subject) [Oct. 29th, 2005|06:39 pm]
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Senator John Faulkner - just a biography [Oct. 22nd, 2005|11:27 pm]
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Born in Leeton in south-west New South Wales, John was educated in the public school system and then studied at Macquarie University where he completed an Arts Degree and Diploma in Education. He was a member of the Macquarie University Council from 1984 to 1992. After joining the Labor Party as a teenager he held a range of positions, including assistant general secretary of the NSW branch from 1980 to 1989.

He has been a member of the ALP National Executive since 1989 and a delegate to National Conference since 1984. He also was also a specialist teacher of children with severe disabilities and a research officer for the NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation.

John entered the Senate in 1989 following the resignation of Senator Arthur Gietzelt and was elected for further six-year terms in 1993 and 1998. He was a member of the second Keating ministry — Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Minister for Defence Science and Personnel and Manager of Government Business in the House. In 1994 he was also appointed Minister for Sport and Territories. Later in 1994, he moved into Cabinet as Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories.

After the 1996 Federal election, John became Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and Shadow Minister for Social Security. He has served as Shadow Minister for Olympic Coordination and the Centenary of Federation and Shadow Minister for Public Administration and Government Services.

John was re-elected to the Shadow Ministry on 22 November 2001.
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(no subject) [Oct. 19th, 2005|04:12 pm]
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toofy
Ireland is more corrupt than the USA (damn you Ihle), but it's less corrupt than Spain (in your face Perez). That's according to Transparency International's 2005 Corruption Perceptions Index, which was published today. The survey rates countries "in terms of the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among public officials and politicians". In other words, it measures perceived, rather than actual corruption, which is pretty much impossible to measure when you think about it.

Ireland comes in with a rating of 7.4 (where 10 means the least corruption) making it joint 19th with Belgium in the rankings. Our score has fallen from 7.5 last year and our ranking has dropped from joint 17th.

Iceland, at 9.7, comes in at number one. No doubt, butter wouldn't melt in its mouth. Chad and Bangladesh tie at the bottom with a score of 1.7.

As Transparency International notes, despite progress on many fronts, including the imminent entry into force of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, seventy countries - nearly half of those included in the Index - scored less than 3 on the CPI, indicating a severe corruption problem. Many of the countries near the bottom of the list, such as Chad, Bangladesh, Turkmenistan, Myanmar and Haiti, are also among the poorest countries in the world.
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(no subject) [Oct. 17th, 2005|07:32 pm]
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(no subject) [Oct. 15th, 2005|07:52 pm]
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mikedelight
http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail58.html

I was addicted to this website for about a year, this is my favourite clip...stomach-ache class laugh!

Sarah Chaplin
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(no subject) [Oct. 15th, 2005|07:28 pm]
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(no subject) [Oct. 2nd, 2005|04:31 pm]
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(no subject) [Aug. 21st, 2005|06:03 pm]
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SUMMARY: Lawyers representing DC Comics want to close down an exhibit featuring homoerotic paintings involving comic book heroes Batman and Robin.

Paintings of gay fantasies involving comic book heroes Batman and Robin have raised more than just eyebrows while on display in a New York gallery -- especially for DC Comics, which owns the copyrights to the characters.

Lawyers for the comic books publisher wants the display closed and has threatened legal action against the Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts gallery, which opened the exhibit in February.

The watercolor paintings by Mark Chamberlain show the superheroes in a number of semi-naked, homoerotic poses. One depicts the Caped Crusader and his companion kissing.

"DC Comics wants me to hand over all unsold work and invoices for the sold work," said gallery owner Kathleen Cullen.

The Web site Artnet posted several images of the paintings, and it reported receiving a similar letter from DC Comics. DC Comics reportedly refused to comment on the matter.

Conflicts over the use of commercial or cartoon imagery in fine art is not uncommon, according to Artnet. Both Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg settled suits over copyright violations in their work, and artist Jeff Koons took a similar case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and lost.


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(no subject) [Aug. 17th, 2005|03:16 pm]
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mikedelight
Movember is a fundraising event held during November each year that raises awareness about male health issues and money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA). Movember is also a chance for the Mo Bros (guys growing mos) to put the moustache back on the face of Australian fashion.

At the start of Movember guys register with a clean shaven face and then have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their Moustache and along the way raise as much money as possible.

Movember culminates at the end of the month at the Gala party where each Mo Bro parades their Mo on the catwalk and is judged by an expert panel for their chance to win various prize categories and some cool prizes.

More information is available at www.movember.com.au
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Ailing film industry sees hope on horizon [Aug. 15th, 2005|09:17 pm]
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Rolling into town ... Richard Wilson and Guy Pearce in TheProposition, a drama written by Nick Cave.

Rolling into town ... Richard Wilson and Guy Pearce in The Proposition, a drama written by Nick Cave.

Big stars and co-productions may be the saviours, writes Garry Maddox.

Releasing an Australian film in cinemas must be like guiding the space shuttle back to Earth. While optimism prevails, there is a terrible foreboding about previous disasters.

After last year's record low box-office share of 1.3 per cent, the struggles of even huge budget Hollywood movies this year make finding an audience seem even tougher. A release that triumphs in the multiplexes and revitalises the film industry has proved desperately elusive since the Hollywood-backed Moulin Rouge took $27.4 million and Lantana made $9.8 million four years ago.

But as the annual pitch to cinema operators takes place at the Australian International Movie Convention the Gold Coast tonight there is guarded enthusiasm for the slate of new Australian films (see panel).

Two of these releases have started to edge into public awareness ahead of releases over the next month: Look Both Ways with William McInnes and Little Fish with Cate Blanchett, Sam Neill and Hugo Weaving. Most of the others have a low profile.

On the early evidence, there seems to be real diversity among these films, running from the horror-thriller Wolf Creek, which is heading for a wide release in American cinemas in November, to Rolf de Heer's Aboriginal tragi-comedy Ten Canoes, which is in an indigenous language.

"It's an impressive list," says Kim Dalton, the chief executive of the Australian Film Commission, quickly adding that enthusiasm is an "absolutely essential ingredient" of anybody working in film.

Unlike years when so many Australian films have been made by first-timers, who then often struggle for another chance, the likes of Ray Lawrence (Lantana), Rowan Woods (The Boys), Ana Kokkinos (Head On), theatre's Neil Armfield (The Castanet Club), Geoffrey Wright (Romper Stomper) and Brit Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty) are returning with Australian films or co-productions. Dalton cautions against seeing success only in multiplex terms.

"Given the budget range that Australian filmmakers have to work with, we're exactly the same as the equivalent American and British films. To go into the multiplexes, by and large you have to be telling a fairly big story with very high production values, huge cast and a huge budget.

"I suppose what we all hope for is a film that starts in that specialist spectrum and actually connects with a much broader audience."

Whether this happens, Dalton says, has to do with many factors including how the film plays to audiences, the marketing and the competition on release.

Cate Blanchett in Little Fish.

Cate Blanchett in Little Fish.

Fourteen films are being showcased at the convention. Other possible releases down the track include director George Miller's Hollywood-backed animation Happy Feet, the drama Caterpillar Wish, the first film in the commission's initiative to encourage low-budget features, and the family film Elephant Tales.

The chief executive of Film Finance Corporation Australia, Brian Rosen, says the slate being showcased is a "great mix" of films.

"I feel they all have quality, there's a diversity in them and they have a broader reach for audiences than maybe some of our slates in the past," he says.

"I feel pretty confident that they will be well-received. It's then a matter of how large an audience goes to see them ... If this bunch of films does not excite different groups that go to the movies, from older people to younger people, then I have to scratch my head and say I don't know what we have to do."

Asked whether Australian films should be considered largely art-house releases these days, Rosen says most projects being developed are still what he calls specialty films.

"It would be good if a bit of weight moved back to doing things that would work with a broader audience and therefore play more easily in a multiplex," he says.

The presence of so many stars, Australian and international, should help their prospects.

"Having a star in your film does not mean it is going to be a great film but it does bring attention," says Rosen. "Therefore you hope it will make the public more aware of the film, which is always the first step in getting an audience. But the other side is that a star really helps push the ancillary market. Even if it doesn't work that well at the box office, it does help when it comes to DVD/video and television. Having a star name absolutely helps the ratings."

The first wave of films under the controversial new funding system introduced by the corporation, chosen on their creative merits rather than the financing deal, are included in the slate. Among those funded through the "evaluation door" are Little Fish, Candy and The Book of Revelation. Rosen says it will take time to work out whether the system is working.

"Even if the first do reasonably well, it's too early," he says. "We've got to let seven or eight go through to see how they're all shaping up."

Coming soon

The Australian films - and two co-productions with Britain - heading for cinemas are:

The Book of Revelation
An erotic mystery starring Tom Long, directed by Ana Kokkinos.

Candy
Tragic love story starring Heath Ledger. Neil Armfield directs.

Footy Legends
Feelgood drama about an unlikely rugby league team, directed by Khoa Do.

Irresistible
Susan Sarandon plays a woman convinced she is being stalked. Directed by Ann Turner.

Jindabyne
Four men on a fishing trip find a body. Starring Gabriel Byrne. Directed by Ray Lawrence.

Like Minds
Toni Collette plays a forensic psychologist. Directed by Gregory Read.

Little Fish
Cate Blanchett is a woman trying to forge a new life. Directed by Rowan Woods. Out September 8.

Look Both Ways
William McInnes plays a newspaper photographer diagnosed with cancer. Directed by Sarah Watt. Out this week.

M (Macbeth)
Director Geoffrey Wright sets Macbeth in Melbourne's underworld. Stars Sam Worthington.

The Magician
Mockumentary about a Melbourne hitman. Directed by Scott Ryan. Out September 29.

Pobby and Dingan
Jacqueline McKenzie in a story set in an opal-mining town. Directed by Peter Cattaneo.

The Proposition
Western-style drama directed by John Hillcoat and starring Guy Pearce. Out October 6.

Ten Canoes
Tragi-comedy set in ancient Arnhem Land and shot in an Aboriginal language. Directed by Rolf de Heer. Stars Jamie Gulpilil.

Wolf Creek
Thriller about three backpackers. Directed by Greg McLean.

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NASA launches craft destined for Mars [Aug. 14th, 2005|09:00 am]
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Mission to Mars (Photo: Getty Images)
15:00 AEST Sat Aug 13 2005
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AP - A spacecraft designed to gather more Mars data than all previous missions combined has blasted off into a golden morning sky on its way to the Red Planet.

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter lifted off on an Atlas V rocket for the seven-month journey, which began three days after space shuttle Discovery completed its mission.

"So far, an absolutely terrific week for space exploration," said Orlando Figueroa, a deputy associate administrator at NASA.

The launch went flawlessly. The booster rocket shut down and dropped off into the Atlantic minutes after liftoff, and the second-stage rocket separated less than an hour later, leading workers at the launch control centre to break into applause. A short time later, two solar panels that will provide power during the voyage unfolded from the orbiter.

A glitch in computer sensors and software during fuelling forced NASA to postpone the launch on Thursday.

"What a difference a day makes," said launch manager Chuck Dovale. "It couldn't have been any smoother."

Circling the planet for at least four years after arriving in March 2006, the orbiter is to provide unparalleled information on Mars' weather, climate and geology, which could aid possible future human exploration of the Red Planet.

The $US720 million ($A930 million) mission has two parts.
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Old blood drug finds new uses [Aug. 14th, 2005|08:54 am]
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It's Good For Your Blood

18:00 AEST Thu Aug 11 2005
Sheryl Taylor
By Sheryl Taylor
National Nine News Healthwatch reporter


Doctors have discovered a new use for an old drug, which may save trauma and emergency patients from bleeding to death.

Novo7 is a clotting drug, originally developed to stop uncontrolled bleeding in people with haemophilia.

But an Israeli surgeon discovered it could have major lifesaving benefits after he administered it to a soldier with a massive gunshot wound.
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Untitled Zombie Love Story #1 [Aug. 13th, 2005|03:04 pm]
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The last time Jerry had been this drunk he'd done something incredibly stupid. He'd gotten married. Births, Marriages - and now - death.
Jerry looked down at the remains of his 3 day bender and the roast chicken he'd had for lunch, sprayed across the kitchen floor and felt the surge again. No longer able to hold it in or hold it down, he let loose a gushing flood of alcohol, bile and chicken.
Wiping his greasy hands on his smeared blue jeans he looked again for the car keys from Janets savaged bloody body propped up against the kitchen cupboard...

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(no subject) [Aug. 13th, 2005|03:01 pm]
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20-February to 20-March
Week of 13 August

Bitching-It-Up stars on the weekend inspire you to dump sleazy guile in favour of Corrective Nagging. Remembering that Mars is in your comics section for months, do dream up 'proactive' methods of andy capp-channelling. Astro Boy-crap gives way to beautiful Brilliant Mind star, active from Happy Mondays. You're visible, ingenious and quick-advancing. Both your Piscean rulers - Jupiter & Neptune - align in harmony, bringing closure or further devi to magical realism from Nov/Dec & March.

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Be ware, be 'very' ware [Aug. 13th, 2005|01:40 pm]
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In the next few weeks a new zombie story will be coming to 2cool2blog.

Everybody knows that Zombies are out their in the world and it is important for us to write of them.
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(no subject) [Aug. 13th, 2005|01:32 pm]
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The New, Original Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman, that vivid creature of a rarer clime, gladly gave up her heritage of near-perfect happiness to help fight the crimes of a great nation -- greed, hatred, and foreign conquest -- and who, disguised as Diana Prince, demure army brat, spreads light and laughter in a rainbow path of happiness across the darkened lives of millions of Americans who long to free this world from evil and set love and justice in its place.

The Secret Origin of Wonder Woman

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Don't call us baby [Aug. 12th, 2005|01:10 pm]
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By Katrina Lobley
August 12, 2005

The gay punk-pop twins are musos, not sex objects.

Tegan and Sara would like their fans to know something. They are not sex objects, OK? The 24-year-old identical Quin twins from Canada might be cute, gay and charming onstage as they sing their punk-pop songs of tortured love, but they want to be the objects of your affection only up to a point.

"Sometimes it's funny because someone yells out, 'I want to have your babies!' and you'll be in the right mood, the right spirit," Tegan says. "You'll be like, 'How do you know you want my babies? Maybe I have some horrible genetic thing.' Then the crowd laughs and it puts them in their place a little bit.

"But for Sara and I, when someone yells, 'Take your shirt off' - and usually it's a girl - it's not that it offends me, it's that it confuses me. Sara and I are up there trying to progress the female movement and to prove that females can be up there with guys, but probably if someone yelled at a guy, 'I love you', 'I want to have your babies' or 'You're so hot, take your shirt off', the guy wouldn't care. But for us, we're still trying to undo centuries of objectification and oppression. And it's interesting because it's coming from the female side."

Tegan says she and her sister have found that "the sexism and the homophobia in this industry is rampant".

How does the homophobia display itself?

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can anyone say Amoeba Invasion? [Aug. 12th, 2005|12:48 pm]
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Deadly amoeba kills two Oklahoma children
Boys, ages 9 and 7, thought to have contracted rare parasite in area ponds

The Associated Press
Updated: 8:44 a.m. ET Aug. 8, 2005

TULSA, Ok. - Two children died Friday after being infected with a rare parasite associated with swimming in stagnant water, health officials said.

The boys, ages 9 and 7, did not know each other but were both believed to have been swimming in area ponds before contracting Naegleria, an amoeba that enters the body through the nose and can cause a deadly inflammation of the brain.

Three city pools were closed Friday for testing, although health officials doubt the boys contracted the disease there.

Both boys came to doctors with symptoms of fever, hallucinations and headaches, Tulsa Health Department spokeswoman Melanie Christian said.

Of the 200 known cases of Naegleria in the past 40 years, only two people have survived, health officials said.

If investigators determine the boys contracted the infection from a natural body of water, the health department would work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to post warning signs.

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© 2005 MSNBC.com

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High-tech eats up household dollars [Aug. 12th, 2005|09:32 am]
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By Matt Wade
August 12, 2005

A typical Sydney family spends more than $1000 a week and a growing share is being soaked up by the trappings of the new economy - mobile phones, the internet and pay TV.

Basics such as food, transport and housing still top the list of household expenditure, but Australians are allocating a growing proportion of their money to information and communication technologies, a survey by the Bureau of Statistics shows.
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Motorist wins case after maths whizzes break speed camera code [Aug. 11th, 2005|11:00 am]
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By Andrew Clark
August 11, 2005

A team of Chinese maths enthusiasts have thrown NSW's speed cameras system into disarray by cracking the technology used to store data about errant motorists.

The NRMA has called for a full audit of the way the state's 110 enforcement cameras are used after a motorist escaped a conviction by claiming that data was vulnerable to hackers.

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Sung to happy birthday (but without the cool rhymin) [Aug. 10th, 2005|10:53 pm]
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Happy bday to Toofy,

you work on the roofy (occassionally)

You jeans are real dirty

Your blog is bout beery
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Millions in drought aid never spent [Aug. 8th, 2005|10:02 pm]
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By Debra Jopson
August 8, 2005

Almost $600 million earmarked by the Federal Government to help drought-stricken farm families has never been spent because the rules for claiming it were too tough.

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