I took this photo more than 24 hours ago… I’m wondering what the “authorities” intend to do about it…
(And yes, it’s a real sign near the Brisbane Powerhouse museum, just along the river.)
Here’s some humourous food for thought. Those of you in front of a Linux/Unix system, install fortune-mod and have a squiz at /usr/share/fortune/law — or just view this file that I have compiled. Looking around, I found some more from elsewhere.
After you’ve stopped laughing… a query… How many of these laws are actually true? I’m curious to know.
One theory that was proposed to me, is that there may not be a law as such prohibiting some act mentioned, but that someone was charged whilst doing an act mentioned in that document. (e.g. shooting off a policeman’s tie… shoot anywhere near a policeman, and I’ll bet you’ll get busted!)
So, a query… how many of these are urban myth, and how many are actual laws? And what law enforcement agency would have the audacity to enforce them?
Well, today I was in town… getting some bits and pieces I’d need for my final year project at university. Among those things I needed, was a bottle of acetone, so I could clean off the etch-resistant ink used in the PCB making process.
I popped into the hardware store, and quickly located what I was after… but as I was grabbing it, I immediately noticed the following.
Yep, that’s right… they recommend its use as a nail polish remover… but then (wisely) advise to avoid skin contact. Yep… that’s well thought out. Guess I’ll just detach the nails from my hands before I set to work. 😉
Another one that arrived via the Department of Defence… this time, a rather striking series of images. I have no idea where these photos were taken, or who was involved… but anyway. Enjoy. 🙂
To avoid my ADSL link getting saturated, I’ve moved the article here.
General Cosgrove was interviewed on the radio recently. You’ll love his reply to the lady who interviewed him concerning guns and children… Regardless of how you feel about gun laws you gotta love this! This is one of the best comeback lines of all time. It is a portion of an ABC interview between a female broadcaster and General Cosgrove who was about to sponsor a Boy Scout Troop visiting his military headquarters.
FEMALE INTERVIEWER: So, General Cosgrove, what things are you going to teach these young boys when they visit your base?
GENERAL COSGROVE: We’re going to teach t hem climbing, canoeing, archery and shooting.
FEMALE INTERVIEWER: Shooting! That’s a bit irresponsible, isn’t it?
GENERAL COSGROVE: I don’t see why, they’ll be properly supervised on the rifle range.
FEMALE INTERVIEWER: Don’t you admit that this is a terribly dangerous activity to be teaching children?
GENERAL COSGROVE: I don’t see how. We will be teaching them proper rifle discipline before they even touch a firearm.
FEMALE INTERVIEWER: But you’re equipping them to become violent killers.
GENERAL COSGROVE: Well, Ma’am, you’re equipped to be a prostitute, but you’re not one, are you?
The radio went silent and the interview ended.
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The following is a satirical piece regarding the APEC saga last week. I’m considering whether I put it in vodcast form on YouTube for our dear PM — but for now, I’ll just put the transcript up.
I must admit, I’m glad I live in Brisbane… 1000km away from all the hassles. We’re largely insulated from all the hassles playing out down south. That said, the local media has been doing a good job of letting us know what’s been happening down there. It as been interesting to see what these politicians bring with them in their travels. Most of us, when we go abroad, we bring clothing, whatever papers, etc we need… in general, we’re careful to not pack too much. Not the United States of America it seems. The US President turned up with a 800-strong entourage.
Here’s hoping he didn’t forget the kitchen sink. The strategic placement of one rather large bird over at Brisbane Airport was genius too — I mean, have you ever tried to get up the Pacific Motorway in a hurry? If WW3 came knocking, it’d be at least a day before they’d get over the border — then there’s the Gateway Motorway traffic to contend with. They’d be sitting ducks stuck in one of Brisbane’s most prestigious parking lots.
George Bush is off to a great start, right in the opening speech, he welcomes everyone to the OPEC meeting. Well, it’s good to see that Operation Iraqi Liberation (OIL) hasn’t been far from a certain president’s mind. For a world leader though, it’s a shame he didn’t pay more attention to his geography teacher at school. Do I look like an Austrian to you? Hmmm?
Security has been tight though… I mean really tight. The only people allowed through are those dressed up like Osama Bin Ladin, or those carrying a Chaser’s War on Everything “Insecurity” pass with “Joke” written on it. No terrorist could possibly penetrate this iron-clad wall of security. (Image source & credit: News Corp.)
It was rather amusing too, to see the cast of “The Chaser” get a dose of their own medicine too. Indeed, the shoe was on the other foot. They should indeed consider renaming the show, “The Chasee’s War on Everything” — at least while the courts decide their fate.
As far as breeching security is concerned, either someone in charge of the gates doesn’t quite understand what “joke” means, or they mis-interpreted the number of barks emitted by their guide dogs. If they let through something as blatantly suspect as they did, then I’m afraid they’ve only got themselves to blame. But it seems security is everyone’s problem, and everyone is at fault when it falls down. Unfortunately for the NSW Police, it’s done little other than make them look like fools — and their present attacks only make the hole deeper.
If it’s one thing we can learn from this whole experience, it’s this: don’t go hosting such highly sensitive events in the middle of a busy city. Seriously guys, go somewhere rural where you’ll be miles away from any trouble, and you’re not going to be a right pain in the arse to millions of people. Of course, this would just be common sense, and we all know just how common that is these days.