July 16, 2003


The latest Continuing Crisis column in The Bulletin mentions Natasha Stott Despoja, Cheryl Kernot, Geoffrey Rutledge, Peter Fitzsimons, Nancy Wake, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Burgoís Catchphrase, Margarita Windisch, John Howard, corrupt parrot fish barons and coconut magnates, Tim Freedman, Billy Joel, Fight Fire With Fire, David Hicks, and Malcolm Fraser.

Also mentioned is this siteís banning (or inadvertent blocking) at the Sydney Morning Herald. Apparently this is now fixed, although at least one site is still banned; the SMH tech guys tell me they canít look at Big Brother online.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 16, 2003 03:48 AM

Hmmm, does kangaroo boner mean what I think it means? And what does, "Tie me kangaroo down sport, tie me kangaroo down," mean?

Posted by: charles austin at July 16, 2003 at 05:21 AM

"If Australia does become a nuclear power, as we're apparently considering, the crucial issue is what to name our bombs. "Fat Man" (the weapon dropped on Nagasaki) and "Little Boy" (detonated above Hiroshima) in 1945 are discriminatory and sexist. I suggest "Transgendered Sex Worker" and "Human Rights Activist".

How about "Hi There!" and "So Long!".
(From Dr Strangelove)

Posted by: mojo at July 16, 2003 at 06:37 AM

Hasn't FitzSimons emailed you yet, explaining that the first S in his name is capitalized? Why not? Have we trodden him into submission and he is willing to forego the uppercase?

Also, how about "Babs" and "Freddie" for bomb names? Much nicer, don't you think?

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at July 16, 2003 at 06:59 AM

Lets save money and drop an actual "Human Rights Activist".

Posted by: Gary at July 16, 2003 at 09:19 AM

Why wait for nukes: rename the munitions used by the forces now: tomahawk > shaven headed greeny.And the sheer satisfaction men at arms will derive: `I've just wasted another greeny.'
Brilliant suggestion, Tim, bloody brilliant.Heh, heh,heh.

Posted by: d at July 16, 2003 at 09:38 AM

I read from Tim's column in the bulletin that this website is also blocked from Croydon public library for "hate speech". Hmmmm... Maybe if this sort of thing happened more often, we could get Margaret Pomeranz, David Marr, et al, interested. If we tried hard enough, we could have a public 'screening' of Tim's views. It could make his site a potential ratings winner! Come to think of it, Tim, you can't afford not to do it...

Posted by: TimT at July 16, 2003 at 11:04 AM

I acknowledge that Hick's detention in Guantanamo is perfectly legal.

But the US hasn't explained what charges and what rights of jurisdiction they'll have. Presumably Fraser is arguing that one day it'll be David Hicks, the next day it'll be some other dissident.

Posted by: Andjam at July 16, 2003 at 01:59 PM

The man who calls for censorship is himself banned. How droll.

Posted by: Bon Scott at July 16, 2003 at 03:33 PM

When did I call for censorship?

Posted by: tim at July 16, 2003 at 03:53 PM