“Fugly?” Not with my clothes on. Yeah right!

April 10, 2010

Australian government says Afghanistan safe for refugees

The Australian government is suspending refugee applications from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, saying the security situation in both countries is now good enough and no one should fear for their lives.

Financial Services Minister Chris Bowen says security conditions in Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are improving to the point where less refugee applications from these two countries will be granted.

“We are seeing signs in Sri Lanka and Afghanistan that the situation has improved enough to lead one to the conclusion that less refugee applications will be granted,” Mr Bowen said told Lateline.

Yeah right!


An honest mistake – right under their noses too

Oh dear Mr Marshall, what a lucky honest mistake you made at the District Court.

Accidentally picking up some papers you weren’t supposed to have; conscientiously using them as the basis for a story and then returning them with an apology.

In response to the incident, Sunday Star Times publisher Mitchell Murphy said, “This was an honest mistake. Nothing more, nothing less.”

Anyone else might call it dishonest, but we know, it was just a lucky break. Yeah right!


We can make money from this fugly’s humiliation

  • K-Pick impresses judges with song

    Kim Pickering - the new SuBo Daily Telegraph

  • She says she’s a shy account clerk
  • Inspired by SuBo

SHE is shy in public but comes alive when performing musical theatre in Sydney retirement and nursing homes – now Susan Boyle doppelganger Kim Pickering Jones is trying to replicate her hero’s success.

The single 42-year-old woman from Mt Kuring-gai blew away producers, judges and a 1000-strong live audience with her rendition of the George Gershwin classic Summertime while auditioning for TV show Australia’s Got Talent.

She’s a fortune star in the making. Yeah right!

Not fugly, just f#$%&*g ugly

“Whilst a long time ago it might have been short for … two words … it is now being used regularly, particularly in entertainment circles, as simply an adjective. For example it is being used to describe an attitude or a dress,” said TVNZ news spokeswoman Andi Brotherston.

Mark Sainsbury thinks Nanny McPhee is “fugly”, but the Broadcasting Standards Authority believes  it’s not swearing to say so. Has Mr Sainsbury visited the room of mirrors recently. Yeah right!

Check out Lara’s bingles

Since when did the Australian Football League give itself the power to be an arbiter of what an AFL player can and cannot photograph? Brisbane player Brendan Fevola has not been sanctioned for allegedly circulating a semi-nude image of serial girlfriend Lara Bingle.

Why is Bingle so upset? There are plenty of semi-nude images of her circulating. From my brief survey it looks like she happily posed for them.

League official Adrian Anderson said there was “insufficient evidence” to punish Fevola.

Hang on, he took the photo; how else did it get around to his player mates?

“All AFL players and officials should be aware that taking and distributing private images without consent is unacceptable and can result in sanctions,” Anderson said.

Yeah right!

Bye bye Bebo

Social-networking site Bebo, which has about 630,000 members in New Zealand, is set to be sold or shut down.

Parent company AOL has announced it will not provide new funding to Bebo to compete with rivals, and may sell or shut down the site.

“Bebo, unfortunately, is a business that has been declining and, as a result, would require significant investment in order to compete in the competitive social-networking space,” a company statement said.

The site has lost members to Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

Meanwhile, somewhere near Little Rock…

The mother of a 16-year-old boy said she was only being a good mother when she locked him out of his Facebook account after reading he had driven home at 150km/h one night because he was mad at a girl.

He’s alleging defamation – by his mom! She says her son’s a dickwad.

Social media is so cool and it’s the future. Yeah right!


I’ve taken sides in the social networked war

January 15, 2009

The propaganda war in cyberspace is hotting up. It’s an interesting twist on social networking that Facebook has become a battleground in the Gaza conflict.

The BBC is carrying a detailed report about hacker attacks on pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian websites.

Gaza crisis spills onto web [BBC]

I’ve also joined a Facebook group “Stop Israeli attacks on Gaza”


A fool and his money

July 20, 2008

About a week ago I whipped up a post about a friend who’s laptop was stolen and recovered later with some interesting happy snaps on the desktop. [this is real, or "what the"]

The story’s in the Sunday Star Times today, including a cropped version of one of the images I decided not to publish.

It seems some crims are really dumb. So too are some minor socialites around town – they make bad choices in virtual friends.

Exhibitionist theives leave evidence


A web of mundanity?

June 8, 2008

In a recent post I suggested that the blogosphere is now “officially mundane”. [Baby Herbal Soup]
I felt at the time EM readers might think that comment a bit pretentious and a bit of a put-down. It wasn’t meant that way, so I figured I should explain myself. I like to be provocative (in case you hadn’t noticed), but I also like to develop arguments and cases to back up my provocations. It’s the polemic method of a teacher.

The opportunity for further reflection and articulation of the Internet=Mundane idea has presented itself this week with a number of interesting news stories that show what I mean:

  • a Sky News story about the university gossip site, JuicyCampus, and attempts to have it banned on campuses
  • an NZ herald story about teenagers sending inappropriate images of themselves to each other then finding them in the public eye unexpectedly
  • a Sunday Star Times story about an irate online buyer who went round to an online seller’s house and forced him to remove comments posted to the Trade Me site about their transaction.
  • On any given day these “what were they thinking?” and “weird news” stories are in the media, they’re an indicator of something more profound.

    [Dribblejaws alert: If you don't like "theory", go away now]

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    Baby Herbal Soup

    June 3, 2008

    The blogosphere is officially mundane. I’ve included in this post the text of a spam email that arrived in my work inbox today. The colours, fonts etc are exactly as it came to me. The header read “Baby Herbal Soup” and the text begged me to “pray” for the babies in a village in Canton who are being boiled into soup. Urban myth meets spam email.

    I couldn’t help but go “Yeah, OK,” and click the link to http://www.handylanka.blogspot.com…It is a real trip.

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    A day in the life of Ashley Dupre: Celebrity callgirl to callgirl celebrity

    March 15, 2008

    It seems that 24 hours is a lifetime in the blogosphere. Just yesterday I was defending the right to privacy for sex workers caught up in scandals and media stories.
    Now I find myself being amazed again at how quickly some people can turn adversity into a new adventure. Read the rest of this entry »


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