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  1. 7 points
    Well no one can say we didn't give her one heck of a send off. The church was pretty much packed and almost everyone stayed behind after to have a cup of tea and a chat over sandwiches and cake, pies and pasties etc. Her family and her church family baked up a storm, more than even the large crowd could quite consume. Pretty much the entire family, my two girls in Perth who could not make it aside were there and most stayed on at my sister's place in the hills for a rather drunken night. I decided to stay over, probably wise. Somewhat amazingly no one was picked up by the cops but there will have been a few sore heads this morning. I'm not sure my tea-totalling mother would have completely approved but it was our way of seeing her off. Bye mum, you could drive me nuts on occasion but you were a great mother and had one heck of a life.
  2. 6 points
    and its 2009 we be talking about here: ^^ just think of the number of high level people who had to sign off on that Red Faces skit Deputy PM, Julia Gillard, addressing it at the time whilst visiting the U.S.A: "Obviously, I think whatever happened was meant to be humorous and would be taken in that spirit by most Australians." <-- psst Julia...ixnay on the blackface is just a bit of fun innit schtick! guest judge Harry Connick Jr was well within his rights to be mortified and incensed at being ambushed by it. oh man, he must have been utterly seething off-camera! millions of our own citizens, especially dark skinned people, had every right to be offended by it. in our defence, though, at the time i remember being slightly miffed at the presumption of worldwide cultural hegemony present in the indignant reactions coming out of the US. what they failed to understand was our casual feelings of distance and disconnection from, what — to us — references a quaint artifact of american history. black and white minstrel shit is not our shit, not really. its weird archaic american shit from all the way across the world. its never meant the same thing to us, and they shouldnt automatically assume it does, or that we should necessarily be beholden to their interpretation, because, guess what — the whole world is not AMERICA! this what we do, or traditionally have done: stood apart from the world, poked fun, played around, safe in our playground far away from it all, far away from consequence and wider context. in other words, for the most part, Julia was dead right. the majority of the audience would have sat at home and enjoyed the skit's lunacy with nary a thought about its inherent racism. but is that because we as a nation are, or were, racist? i am not about to say we werent or arent LOL, but i would argue that as a piece of evidence, the presence of that skit and that imagery, on prime time national television, in 2009, says more about our ignorance and naivety than our racism. (...even if a good deal of that ignorance and naivety is a legacy of our racism) so to my point: those times are well and truly over. but its easy to forget that there used to be more layers of perceived distance, as recently as a decade ago — when social media was still detonating, and the world had not yet compressed to the point it has today. distance, that is, between we australians and the world, between all individuals and the world. as it is, in 2019, most of us are well aware that some of the jokes we may share with close family and friends are under no circumstances to be posted on twitter, et al. but navigating the boundary between the shrinking private sphere and the ballooning public sphere has been a fraught process for many — just ask Justine Sacco. specifically, on the topic of race, two bona fide non-racists can quite happily sit on a log in the middle of nowhere and share a joke that would come off as racist without proper context. they might also enjoy a categorically racist joke for its own sake, most likely with many layers of knowing irony as a given. but its only on that log in the middle of nowhere they can constrain the public bounds of the 'message'. thats how far the private sphere has shrunk. if these people have aspirations for public life, best not to share those jokes even over SMS, because its only a matter of time before an internet dump after the telco is hacked one day. but on that log in the middle of nowhere, they have a reasonable presumption that "this is just for us. everybody here gets it. theres nobody out there to offend." but waaaay back in 2001, with a still fledgling internet, pre-smartphone, pre-Farcebook by a good half a decade, even someone who had their their photo taken while in a dodgy form of fancy dress that might potentially offend someone out there, still had a reasonable presumption they understood or could control the public extent of the 'message' — "this is just for us. everybody here gets it. theres nobody out there to offend" had a very different meaning, even if that photo may end up in some "public" yearbook, ie. destined to rot on some shelf and only of interest to a very small circle of people. it is dangerous and stupid to go after everyone for everything with a revisionist mindset. i dont know about the canada of 2001 and the wider context. i dont know how much Trudeau should have known better. but he has said his mea culpas, and FFS, it wasnt KKK gear now was it? with the benefit of the doubt, i can readily believe there was zero racist intent and a wealth of ignorance about the potential to cause offence. likewise, those Red Faces guys. i mean, does anybody truly believe Trudeau is a racist because of this? i doubt it. but that doesnt really matter, does it? lets take him down regardless! cancel culture, fuck yeah!
  3. 5 points
    Gosh! Thanks for the concern, folks - "rumours of my demise have been greatly exaggerated". Here's what happened: I stepped away for "a couple of days" break. Only, that turned out to be the onset of some apparently more serious depression than I thought - I couldn't face most of the things I usually like to do. And that wasn't improved any by having some not serious but very uncomfortable intestinal issues in the middle of it, either. Not sure I'm "back" on a permanent basis, yet, but I am still alive.
  4. 5 points
  5. 5 points
    Curly went hunting one day up in The Northern Territory' and bagged three ducks. He put them in the back of his Ute and was about to drive home when he was confronted by a surly Territory game warden who didn't like smart alecs. The warden ordered Curly to show his hunting license, so Curly pulled out a valid Northern Territory license.. The game warden looked at the license, then reached over and picked up one of the ducks, sniffed its bum and said, "This duck ain't from The Territory. This is a Queensland duck. You got a Queensland huntin' license?" Curly reached into his wallet and produced a Queensland license. The game warden looked at it, then reached over and grabbed the second duck, sniffed its bum, and said "This ain't a Queensland duck. This duck's from West Australia. You got a West Australian license?" Curly reached into his wallet and produced a West Australian hunting license. The warden then reached over and picked up the third duck, Sniffed its bum, and said, "This ain't a Western Australian duck. This duck's from South Australia. You got a South Australian Huntin license?" Again Curly reached into his wallet and brought out a South Australian license. The game warden was extremely frustrated at this point, and he yelled at Curly "just where the hell are you from?" Curly smiled turned around, bent over, dropped his pants, and said, "You tell me, you're the expert...
  6. 5 points
    It started with Ben and a great idea Probably after a wine or a beer He started a mag and a forum for all That’s when it started and its been a ball There was Mael, virt, grams and more Since day one watching door Keeping out spammers, wankers and bots And more than a few, actually lots Flouncys baby started to grow Thousands of members we got to know Some young, some old, some crazies too But all entertaining for me and for you Along with moz, chaos, morris and others We had dads, mums, sisters and brothers All types came to watch and learn As atomic grew and and we all took a turn To make the mag and site our own We punched the keyboards or even our phones The topics were wide and there were heaps We laughed and joked, complained and we weeped We saw people leave throwing ted out of bed Only to come back and start a new thread We have others that leave without a fuss But always come back because they miss us So although much quieter than we once knew Atomic still lives because of people like you Its still a place we all remember and love It seems to fit us all like a glove I’m proud to have been a part of this place Its special, its different, it is in your face It was there every time we wanted to vent We wonder were the last 18 years went Lots has changed but some stay the same Still a place where you look for a name Be it Leo or scruffy , rybags or nic Every one here is here for the kicks So please feel free to add your own verse You can type it nicely or you can curse Remembering your time with the laughs and the fears The place called atomic that’s been here for years.
  7. 5 points
    omm ... now ... early next week Walt has a cataract sorted. Now he's been remarkably patient whilst the vaseline glass he looks through steadily becomes more opaque . the worst of it over the last few years till present. One of the comments we've been getting is curiosity as to his reaction to how I will look to him ... so anyway tonight he asks me if I'm bothered , and then assures me that he will try not to throw up ...ffs ... I told him if he threw up he'd be able to see it to fucking clean it up
  8. 5 points
    I know this is an old thread, but it was bugging me too that I couldn't remember what show this was, that my searching for it brought me to your thread. So as I had nothing better to do this evening, I've just spent a good hour going through lists of old TV shows, and was about to give up, but then found it! It's "Professor Poopsnagle's Steam Zeppelin". To quote from Wikipedia "The golden salamanders had been buried long ago to indicate where each mineral could be found. After the first one was found, the cryptogram on it would lead the children and the doctor to the next one. What they had to do in each case was to decipher the cryptogram on each salamander." https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professor_Poopsnagle's_Steam_Zeppelin Now just to find somewhere that streams the episodes!
  9. 4 points
    woah, youve latched onto that one word and gone mental haha she didnt say, "I'm a very conservative person politically...". she probably meant conservative of temperament (since terminating your own pregnancy is an extreme intervention) and conservative sexually (because a no sex before marriage lifestyle choice tends to be very effective at eliminating all but the most unthinkable scenarios for an unwanted pregnancy). while its safe to assume 99% of social "conservatives" are "conservatives" politically, that does not mean the word is interchangeable and connotations within context can be overlooked. its also safe to assume theres a fair proportion of sexually promiscuous atheists who happen to be conservative voters, so it should be pretty fricken obvious that the main thrust of her comment was not to invoke an association with the entirety of those on the right of politics. moreover, with her answers, she was pretty much doing the exact opposite of what youre accusing her of! she resisted offering a personal view, repeatedly downplayed its supposed relevance, and generally displayed a level of reluctance befitting someone with a healthy respect for the separation between church and state. so who is she trying to make feel guilty? first she said "I don't want to make people feel guilty who have had to go down that path." later she said "Ben, you've been naughty in pushing me to say that, because I don't want anyone to feel guilty about decisions they've made, because I'm not in their shoes." oh, i see it now. it must have been the last bit that set you off: "...not in their shoes". she was clearly echoing the famous aphorism that says we should cast hasty judgments on people with different life circumstances. i see your point now. by the way, just as an aside, when she says "I've not been in a situation where I've had to contemplate that, and nor would I", i totally believe her. being someone who grew up as a god-fearing christian, theres every chance she knows to take precautions whenever she rolls over for Alan Jones.
  10. 4 points
    here's a question for you Kimmo: were you eating breakfast, lunch, or dinner when somebody took a shit in your cereal? yeah its a silly question, but it did lead to some discussion. what motivated it i wonder? my theory: Robzy is trying to settle an argument with his partner. she's all like "Grrr. Baked beans is not a romantic dinner! It's not even a dinner!" now that the first part is settled, i am awaiting the next thread, in which Robzy asks: "Is any meal eaten by candlelight romantic?"
  11. 4 points
    Thamks Ben Mansill and Nich.... I promise to be a good boy. Now were did I put my old avatar?
  12. 4 points
    Hiya Eveln! I can actually kick very high as I'm now a competitive dancer and Allstar cheerleader! It's not like the cheerleaders you see on the sidelines at footy games though, Allstar cheer is a sport in its own right and we compete against other Allstar squads from all over Aus. We do not have pom poms, there's no chants, and we don't represent any other sports teams or codes, WE are the team and this IS the sport. It's a mix of high energy dance routines, gymnastics and stunts. I bloody love it - never been fitter or stronger in my life. We hit the gym multi times a week at practice, we do conditioning and weight training, dance rehearsals, spend long hours at comps together, and travel around Aus for comps together. My team has been the NSW State Champions in our division for the last 3 years, and we held the title of National Champions in 2016 and 2017 when we ranked in 1st place at the Australian Allstar Cheer and Dance Nationals. Last year we placed 2nd at Nationals. This is basically my life right now!
  13. 4 points
    You reckon Anning’s mum would’ve voted for him?
  14. 4 points
    CSIRO are a shade of their past, under-funded and then their research gets sold off to the commercial sector for peanuts. it's criminal what our governments did to the CSIRO.
  15. 4 points
    Such is the problem with laws that individuals are distinct entities and can be totally seperate from corporate ones which in turn can be seperate from other corporate ones. Such that a person can commit an utter cuntact and be untouchable. The thing with minor parties and independents is that they can promise the earth, be as populist as they want because even if they got 100% of the contested vote in their electorate/s they'd still be incapable of delivering their promises. As such, they can tell you they'll give you a duck that shits gold and there'll be no shortage of believers.
  16. 4 points
    The thread that that wouldn't die, on the forum that wouldn't die, answers the question that couldn't be answered, by someone out on the intartubes, who 10 years and 2 days later signs up and posts the answer. If this doesn't prove the feasibility of " Infinite Improbability Drive" nothing will. ?Is it !Atomic! .. !Yes Sir! .. It's very Atomic! ................................................................. By the way putting Professor Poopsnagle's Steam Zeppelin into Google produces strange edcuation based results... methinks there is a problem with Google's brownian motion generator. A fresh cup of tea might sort it. Anways Hello and welcome to the Atomic Forums Kel
  17. 4 points
    So, it's nothing like the Snowy Mountains Scheme - despite the name. I did not know that before, but somehow I am failing to be surprised. I've reached the point that if anyone in government announced Sunlight 2.0, I'd expect a packet of darkness. You're assuming they have some sort of self-awareness.
  18. 3 points
    Been smoking weed daily for well over 20 years...I'm not mental. Some would disagree, though... Got a jgood job. Got a house that's almost paid off. Got kids who were born without any defects and they're quite clever. Sure, this isn't the case with all bongheads...I know plenty who are lazy cunts, but I think they're lazy cunts regardless.
  19. 3 points
    My near perfect, not faded, irreplaceable, Pharaoh backglass just slipped out of my fingers
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  21. 3 points
    So. I went looking for a joke for Friday and came up with this one ... " After thirty-five years of marriage a husband and wife came for counselling When asked what the problems were the wife went into a tirade listing every problem they had ever had. Neglect, lack of intimacy, loneliness, emptiness, feeling unloved and unlovable, an entire laundry list of unmet needs she had endured. Finally after allowing this for a time, the therapist got up and walked around the desk asking the wife to stand, he embraced her and kissed her long and passionately as her husband watched - with a raised eyebrow. The wife shut up and sat down as though in a daze. The therapist turned to the husband and said, 'This is what your wife needs at least 3 times a week. Can you do this?' 'Well, I can drop her off here on Mondays and Wednesdays, but on Fridays, I golf.'
  22. 3 points
    i have zero time for spruikers, and i especially despise that chirpy breed of gladhand that loiters around the entrances of polling stations wearing their team colours. i dont care whose team youre on. if i havent sought eye contact with you, i am not interested. save that shit-eating grin for someone else. dont wave to me. dont call out to me. dont expect the slightest acknowledgement that you exist and breathe the same air i do. i am not sure that ive ever seen a "how to vote" card in the flesh. whoever needs one of these come polling day should probably forfeit their vote.
  23. 3 points
    leo, you see "business" from the bubble of a niche supplier in i.t. i have a similarly luxurious gig in a boutique general practice where "bulk bill" is a non-event, although "zero gap" at my discretion is a personal choice for patients who are on hard times but have previously paid like everyone else and are my professional responsibility the difference seems to be that i have also done enough time in the public system, where even in this well heeled (and well healed) locale there are people who are screwed by the liberal protocols, and who have tony abbott to stand up for them, meaning they have no representation people like you and me will do well under (and even despite) a labor government because we have the flexibility and intelligence and chutzpah to make it happen as much as i appreciate that people generally vote for self interest, i tend to consider adverse affects of therapies, rather than the 1% cure rate if i apply a serious poison to a sick recipient the liberals are medicine for the 1%
  24. 3 points
    Lack of content and poster = why the hell would you want to engage in this thread?
  25. 3 points
    And the current jokers haven't? All I hear from the LNP side is how fantastic it is to have a budget surplus, the first in 12 years apparently, while conveniently ignoring the fact that for the previous 6 years they have been in government. So does that mean the LNP where useless before now or is it only bad when the ALP has a deficit. Also how much of this wonderful surplus is because they have deferred spending to the next budget, or cut or delayed other projects just to cook the current books?
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