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 deenowski
Joined: 8/29/2010
Msg: 44
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I know some kiwi mates and they only pay between 60 and 80 cents for a can of coke back home, what gives??
 internetdatinglol
Joined: 5/17/2007
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Posted: 9/28/2011 7:15:31 PM
Between expensive coke and living in New Zealand I'd always choose expensive coke.
 internetdatinglol
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Posted: 9/29/2011 8:13:17 AM
Andrew Bolt.
The guy is a complete blowhard. The first time I ever heard of him was when I was made to listen to him bloviate about the UN for some first-year politics debate for uni at the Melbourne Town Hall. He couldn't have made a worse impression... full of condescension and totally in love with himself. This was especially apparent during a q&a session afterwards. The way he went about answering questions was a sight to behold. I don't even know why he agreed to be there, he obviously hates young people and you could quite clearly appreciate that he thought he was somehow lowering himself by being in a room full of them!
It's only after that I learned that he's a complete prick in the written medium too.
But... Australians just eat him and his retarded opinions up. Joke's on me I guess!
 internetdatinglol
Joined: 5/17/2007
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Posted: 9/29/2011 7:43:45 PM
This country is completely ****ed if people think we need to stand up for narcissistic bullies like Andrew Bolt.
Screw him! Admire a real journalist.
 internetdatinglol
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Posted: 10/1/2011 2:15:33 AM
The Vatican had what amounts to a formal memorandum of understanding with the Third Reich, maybe that's what he was referring to.
In any case any attack on the far right is a good attack as tar as I'm concerned.
 internetdatinglol
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Posted: 10/1/2011 10:12:46 PM
I don't disagree with you about the far left. You're being pretty defensive about the whole thing and it's not a good look.
 internetdatinglol
Joined: 5/17/2007
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Posted: 10/1/2011 10:18:36 PM
Also...
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reichskonkordat
etc etc
 internetdatinglol
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Posted: 10/2/2011 7:29:57 AM
Um an extremely large proportion of the people who thought Jews were Christ-killers did so because that was Catholic doctrine.
No point defending the Vatican, they're completely morally bankrupt and their history (and present) demonstrates this quite clearly.
 internetdatinglol
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Posted: 10/2/2011 10:20:00 PM
You can also buy cheap beer in Bulgaria. Wanna move there?
 internetdatinglol
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Posted: 10/3/2011 1:12:47 AM
And yes frankster_p... those poor, persecuted Catholics. Cry me a river.
I do not deny that American churches are nuts but at least they haven't made a cottage industry out of child rape.
 internetdatinglol
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Posted: 10/3/2011 3:18:36 AM
Examples of institutionalized sanction of pedophilia in "left-leaning, Atheist" organizations please.
 internetdatinglol
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Posted: 11/19/2011 1:28:07 AM
"Hopefully the Northern League stays in power, they are needed.

Cheers.
F.P."

Yeah. They've done such an awesome job with the economy after all. Truly stellar. World standard.
Well, if you compare it to say... North Korea's.
How many years of inaction and deriliction do you need before you realize how hopelessly awful "Berlo" and his middle-of-the-road fascist buddies in the Northern League are? Do they LITERALLY have to piss money away before that happens?
 qldblue
Joined: 2/4/2009
Msg: 71
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Posted: 1/27/2012 12:05:51 AM
Many Catholic priests were tortured and killed by the Nazis for harbouring and helping Jews as were many other people, yes even the ordinary germans who helped the Jews were dealt with as harshly.

There are also cases of clergy from other denominations who abused children, this act was not the sole rite of the catholics.

Some ministers of the Whitlam Government didn't look too closely at the credentials or background of some of the people they were dealing with and we ended up having to pay for these lapses in judgement.

We don't have the power to dictate what other countries do, nor should we.

In the first war with Iraq, Australia sent troops to help the Americans to free the Kuwaitis and got a bill from the American Government for the missiles that the RAAF used.

Overall we in Australia are lucky to have the tolerance to welcome new immigrants and too believe in a fair go for all peoples regardless of their cultural backgrounds.

Unfortunately we also suffer from idiots who have immigrated to Australia bringing their hatred with them as could be seen in the race riots a few years ago.

People tend to over focus on the idiots and not the silent majority of our citizens that have come from all walks of life.

In my family we have descendants of Italians, Scots, Welsh, English, Germans, Aboriginies, Africans, Norwegians, Greeks,Swedes and other cultures so with my family and my extended family we consider ourselves too be Australians and damned lucky too call Australia home
 HappyRocker
Joined: 8/13/2011
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Posted: 2/1/2012 12:45:03 AM
So what does Joe (and Jill) Average Australian think of this in the context "Australia - The Lucky Country"

Australia rates well on global corruption


The latest Corruption Perceptions Index conducted on 180 countries indicates that Australia is perceived as the eighth least corrupt nation in the world, up one place from last year’s index.

Transparency International released the index showing New Zealand and Denmark at the top, with Australia having the sixth highest score along with Canada and Iceland. The most corrupt on the list was war-torn, poverty-stricken African nation Somalia.

“The international community must find efficient ways to help war-torn countries to develop and sustain their own institutions,” said head of Transparency International Huguette Labelle, in response.

Index ranking come from surveys that measure the perceived levels of corruption in the public sectors of various countries
 gingerosity
Joined: 12/10/2011
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Posted: 2/1/2012 2:44:41 AM
if ya don't like it do as the bumper stickers say


Argh! Don't get me started on the bumper stickers


surveys that measure the perceived levels of corruption


I'm highly skeptical of surveys measuring corruption... "ok kids, hands up who's been naughty today?" lol. The most you can say from that is that we have better spin doctors than other places. We might be more sophisticated about it, but we're hardly clean. Read up on lobbyists in Canberra if you think money doesn't talk here.
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Posted: 2/1/2012 3:22:42 AM
"Where else can you burn the national flag"

Lots of places, including the US.
 gingerosity
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Posted: 2/1/2012 3:31:59 AM
oh to b 27 and know everything


haha, you might want to edit that lusta. You're leaving yourself open to the old "oh, to be 42 and know nothing" line...
 gingerosity
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Posted: 2/1/2012 4:21:59 AM
Agreed. But I have a problem with those bumper stickers because they make out that you have to love everything or nothing. It's very black-and-white thinking. Some parts of Australia aren't perfect. Is seeking improvement in those areas such a bad thing? Isn't it more patriotic to look at ourselves critically and endeavour to do even better???
 MrsNaamah
Joined: 11/8/2011
Msg: 80
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Posted: 2/1/2012 4:44:28 AM

if ya don't like it do as the bumper stickers say

Make magic happen?

Argh! Don't get me started on the bumper stickers

Bumper stickers that tell foreigners to completely accept the status quo or go home sound very patriotic. And if they'd had them sooner, well, maybe that Irish guy who lead the Eureka Stockade, and the Canadian bloke who designed the flag they used, would have got the message and buggered off home seeing as they clearly didn't like how things were. Bloody foreigners.
 gingerosity
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Posted: 2/1/2012 5:47:08 AM
if they'd had them sooner... Eureka Stockade...


They were around back then but didn't last long enough to have any impact - they don't stick too well to horse ar$e.

Thats ok though, there was still plenty of crap to be seen when you were at the lights.
 MrsNaamah
Joined: 11/8/2011
Msg: 83
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Posted: 2/1/2012 1:14:20 PM
it helped shape this country

And you’ve illustrated my point beautifully…which was that you can have someone who in one breath supports the bumper stickers (which broadcast the message that anyone born elsewhere and moving to this country, who doesn’t like how things are, has no right to say or do anything about it because if they don’t like how we do things here they should just go home) and yet can in their next breath claim the Eureka Stockade as a glorious Australian iconic event (when in fact many of the key people involved in that uprising were people who had moved to this country, who didn’t like how things were being done, and said and did stuff to change it rather than ‘go home’) <-- They went against the bumper sticker mentality, and yet we talk of them with pride.

Do you not see any irony there?

Of the people charged over the Eureka Stockade, apparently one was born in Sydney, the rest were born in Ireland, Scotland, America, Jamaica, Netherlands and Italy. So if they moved here and helped “shape this country” by not “doing what the bumper stickers say”, in shutting up or going home despite being “free to go” if they didn’t like it , then why would anyone be so adamant that such behaviour is ‘unAustralian’ now?
 tinapenny
Joined: 8/30/2010
Msg: 85
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Posted: 2/2/2012 5:06:59 AM
Its sheer luck where you happen to have been born. If you're lucky you get brought into a comfortable family in Australia. Unlucky, and you arrive in a warzone somewhere like Afghanistan. So I dont really understand where people get the pride of possession, like they did something really special, worked extra hard to deserve their place in Australia, more so than some other bugger who obviously didn't try hard enough coz otherwise he would have started his life somewhere better?!

Whenever I feel like whinging about life, I remember how lucky we really are.
 treemanbdj
Joined: 5/16/2006
Msg: 86
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Posted: 2/3/2012 4:45:02 PM
Hummmm after being here a few months looking to move here, not so sure this is luckier then good old USA...Not here to cast stones...

But really mis.....99cent burgers, case of coke 4.99.....75cent a liter petro.....50 states with good growing ground and plenty of good drinking water...

The government and the people seem to be the same..

and god do I miss the interstate driving where everyone gets up and gets the V-8's a rolling 90K...OMG give my my turnpikes were we roll at 180k...

And not all thes cripers that bloody well will "KILL" you..

But I digress...Truth my mates....the island is nice and the people treat us nice(cuz were visitors) and the beaches are great.

 gingerosity
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Posted: 2/3/2012 7:57:15 PM
China may well stall, but that isn't necessarily a huge disaster for Australia. Mining in Australia contributes about 8% to GDP and employs under 2% of the workforce. It is much smaller than most people think. What makes people think it is so important is that it accounts for about a third of our exports... but when you realise that most of the profits flow offshore as dividends, its supposedly huge benefits to Australia seem like a lot of hot air.

The mining tax was an attempt to actually get something for Australia from giving away our finite resources and wrecking our environment, but it got significantly watered down due to the propaganda war waged by the mining oligarchs (that also brought down our elected Prime Minister). It was a masterclass in how to use our ignorance against us.
 SmileyWoman1961
Joined: 1/20/2012
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Posted: 2/4/2012 2:54:46 AM

But I digress...Truth my mates....the island is nice and the people treat us nice(cuz were visitors) and the beaches are great.


It is, so we should and they are!

Have a wonderful time treeman & daughter - Australia is what you make of it.
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