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International Literacy Day

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 8, 2004 - 11:16pm

International Literacy Day 2004Wednesday September 8 is International Literacy Day. The aim, according to the UNESCO website, is "to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies".

This year's theme is Literacy and Gender. UNESCO says that almost one in every seven people is illiterate, and out of a total of 860 million illiterate adults more than 500 million are women.

Advanced hair and other John Howard resources

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 7, 2004 - 2:00pm

Some John Howard resources that you can't live without during this election campaign:

From Advanced Hair Studios (yeah yeah!), How to get a head in politics. Choose a vote-winning hairstyle for JWH.


RNC: Picking fleas with Barney

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 6, 2004 - 1:24pm

"When I spend time with Barney, we bark together. We pick fleas together." Thus spake one dog of a president. That scene, from an informercial within that huge Fascist Infomercial called the Republican National Convention, is meant to show us, no doubt, how much GWB is an ornery guy who loves his critters.

RNC Fascist Infomercial Day 4 Preview

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 4, 2004 - 12:17am

The tea-to-stumps session of the fourth and final day of the New York StuporTest will start in a few minutes. The big question is: will GW Bush accept the Republican Party's unanimous nomination for President? Let's hope not, and make this Circ... er, Convention worthwhile.

The Life and Times of Malcolm Fraser (2004)

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 3, 2004 - 2:54pm

I could count the number of conservative politicians in Australia whom I respect on about two fingers. Tim Fischer is one. Malcolm Fraser is the other.

My feelings about Fraser were much different back in the 1970s. I detested him as a Liberal Prime Minister. I blamed him for back-stabbing his way to the top, having shafted John Gorton and Billy Snedden, and then orchestrating the blocking of supply in 1975 in order to shaft the Labor government of Gough Whitlam. I found his government to be hard-line conservative, and cheered as his bottom lip quivered while conceding the 1983 election to Bob Hawke.

Bono and Bill

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 3, 2004 - 6:19am

Legendary spinner Bill O'ReillyI have to confess that I watch The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox "News" Channel sometimes (it's on live at 10am here, repeated at 1pm and 6pm), mainly from a perverse fascination in watching the interviewing skills of someone so smarmy and devious. I'd heard in advance that Bono was going to be on his show, and was expecting some sort of fireworks.

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RNC04: A Fascist Informercial

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 3, 2004 - 4:29am

Flip! Flop! Flip! Flop! Doh I\'m a Republican!I've just watched about two hours of the Wednesday night session of the Republican National Convention on broadband from C-Span. The Green Party of California described the convention as a "Fascist Infomercial". Informercial it certainly is.


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