Another classic from Bundaberg

Back in 2010 I put up three classic (and very funny) advertisements from Bundaberg Rum in Australia.  The links I used have died by now, but someone on YouTube has combined all three advertisements in a single video.  In case you missed them back then, here they are. Recently, while browsing YouTube looking for something else, I came across another of their advertisements, this time from 2014.  Again, it made me laugh.  I think I’ve met those boys! I still giggle at the crocodile-leather luggage, though . . . Peter

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How to hold an election when voters are illiterate

Gambia has an ingenious solution. Gambia showcased on Monday its homegrown solution to the problem of fraud and illiteracy at the ballot box: voting with marbles. At a press conference in the capital, Banjul, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) displayed three metal drums representing the three presidential candidates contesting a December 1 election in this tiny west African state. Voters enter a private area that is curtained off where they drop a marble into one of the three drums that are painted with the party colours and emblems, and a bell rings confirming a vote has been cast. . .

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Doofus Of The Day #937

Today’s award, accompanied by a dozen brickbats served with a sauce of blinding rage, goes to the Attorney-General of Michigan. Attorneys for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder are asking a judge to toss out a lawsuit against the state of Michigan filed by students in the Detroit school system and claim that literacy is not a legal right in the state of Michigan. Seven children filed the lawsuit in September, saying decades of state disinvestment and deliberate indifference to Detroit’s schools have denied them access to literacy. The plaintiffs say the schools have deplorable building conditions, lack of books, classrooms without

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An amazing piece of history, and what happened to it

Some stories simply boggle the mind.  This is one of them. The blue and grey stripes struck Jillian Eisman like a lightning bolt. She was rummaging through a packed closet during a Long Island tag sale when she immediately recognized the symbol of horror and hate: a jacket worn by a prisoner at the Nazi Dachau concentration camp during World War II. “I knew exactly what it was, even before I saw the numbers (84679 on the chest),” said Eisman, who purchased the jacket for $2 at the sale last year and donated it to the Kupferberg Holocaust Center in

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An in-depth look at the war on science

City Journal has a long and very interesting article titled ‘The Real War on Science‘.  It takes a bit of time and effort to wade through it, but if you’re interested in how partisan political views have tainted science, and warped and twisted its perspective on reality, it’s a very useful read indeed. Here’s a fairly lengthy excerpt, cherry-picking a few of the many points covered. Both sides cherry-pick research and misrepresent evidence to support their agendas. Whoever’s in power, the White House plays politics in appointing advisory commissions and editing the executive summaries of their reports. Scientists of all

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Are fishermen being ‘robbed’ of their livelihood by over-regulation?

I confess, in the past I’ve been very sceptical of claims by commercial fishermen that their livelihoods are threatened by over-regulation.  I’ve seen too much ‘factory fishing’, where entire fish populations are driven to the point of collapse by over-exploitation.  (For example, I’ve never forgiven the then-Soviet Union for sending in bottom trawlers to Mozambique after that nation’s independence from Portugal.  They wiped out the prawn beds off Lourenço Marques [today Maputo] in just six months.  Whilst the national prawn industry continues, it’s based in other centers today, and has never been as good as before, according to acquaintances who

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Of German politics and . . . sex toys???

It is to laugh . . . The Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Saxony has picked a fight with a more mainstream party politician. But it’s not about immigration or foreign policy – it’s about sex toys. Each year the Free State of Saxony holds a competition called futureSAX for startups and fledgling businesses with innovative ideas . The winners then receive money to go towards developing their novel products. This year a silent vibrator won third place with a €5,000 prize.The noise-less sex toy hopes to be a boon for those particularly annoyed by normal ones, including an elderly

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Doofus Of The Day #936

Today’s award goes to a bunch of hysterical, pants-wetting, sissified social justice warriors at Edgewood College in Wisconsin. The post-it-note says “Suck it up, pussies!” Whoever wrote it also drew a winking, tongue-out smiley face… . . . Students had been invited to express their feelings about the election by writing them on post-it-notes and placing them on a designated table. The post-it-note in question appeared in the window of the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion instead, according to Campus Reform. College Vice President Tony Chambers sent a letter to campus condemning this “act of cowardly hatred” and “intimidation.”

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Hippos are not tutu-wearing Disney dancers . . .

. . . as I’ve had occasion to point out before.  Last week, in South Africa, a motorist learned that lesson anew when he drove rather too close to an annoyed hippo.  The driver’s language is unfortunate, but I think it’s entirely excusable under the circumstances! A two-ton hippo meets a one-and-a-half-ton pickup.  Pickup is crumpled.  Hippo is annoyed. Peter

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So Fidel Castro is dead. This is not my sad face.

The news that Fidel Castro has died brought back one memory in particular. I was standing in the Angolan bush, along with a group of UNITA rebels.  They were cleaning up after a firefight – which meant leaving the enemy bodies where they had fallen, but stripping them of their weapons, uniforms and supplies.  Everything would be washed, cleaned, repaired if necessary, and reissued to new owners, who would use it to kill more of the enemy. Among the dead were two very young Cuban conscripts, some of the tens of thousands of troops sent by Fidel Castro to prop

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