Archive for October, 2008

Promobabble Ususal Suspects Issue

October 31, 2008
Usual Suspects Issue
Oct. 31, 2008
Peter Wilson in the new Weekend Australian says that Afghanistan is unwinnable and has been since the beginning.  So why would Bush start a war that can’t be won.  If the companies that supply support work for the troops are involved, isn’t that then like endless profits, and what business wouldn’t thrive under such circumstances?
Will try to be at the manning Bar at Sydney U for election results.
Will try to do a column on the Diagram Prize
Short attention span?  Maybe you would like the TV show Gemini Division which has 5 minute long episodes?
A web site in the USA, “the Vault” is reported to have employee evaluations of the company that employs them.  Would Bill O’Reilly denounce it as socialistic?
Martha Wainright is joining her brother and father (Louden) in the folk world.  One of her songs has a very nasty title.  Crossword puzzle fans might hip you to this clue:  Bloody Oedipus Jerk.
Folks who listen only to O’Reilly and Fox news are like people who listen to KUSC (only) all their lives.  Yeah, they get classical music, but they would miss Elvis, Merle Haggard, reggae, Charlie “Bird” Parker, and Sousa marchs, but they would loudly proclaim that they “knew” all about music.
The Aussies don’t call it “spin,” they call it “bulldust.”
I have started to post items on Bartcop so I’ll post a URL when I have one.  My blog has stuff that isn’t in the Porombabble.  Members are supposed to read the blog regularly.  Heck, if you get an e-mail notice then you can go to the blog and skim over all the stuff that has been posted since the last promobabble report was posted, eh?
Am planning on walking over the bridge tomorrow.
Will try to post photos of the birds here and share them with Just Above Sunset Photo because it would be a good chance to get some unusual new birds for the bird watcher audience at JAS Photo.
Will also try to post some tourist shots at Flickr and share some with JAS Photo.
See the last paragraph of Peter Wilson’s report on Afghanistan in this weekend’s Weekend Australian.
Martha Wainright’s song.  (You could look it up on the Internets.)
Have a “Spring is here!” type week (if you are in the right hemisphere.)

Sydney Update

October 31, 2008

One nice thing about being in Australia is that you don’t have to worry about your 401 and/or the NYSE because it’s last night in the states and the stock market won’t open for hours, so why worry about it?

At the MTV Gallery in Sydney they had a cool phaeton car (4 door convert able).  It was a Holden.  If they name cars after Hollywood stars what will be next, a John Wayne roadster?

When folks pitch us for a donation to their cause, we just run the link and let our readers do all the heavy lifting (and reading).  We met a nice young lady working for Amnesty so here’s the link

Today we saw a young lady wearing jeans that were leotard tight.  Levi leotards?  Looks like something the young ladies in the states might want to use to catch some admiring glances.

A Ferrari cost $3,250 a day to rent here in Sydney, but it isn’t as bad as it sounds because with the dollar gaining strength, that means it is only about $2,000 a day in US money.  Here is the link

We have to post hastily because computer time means money while on the road. 

My first item for Bartcop has been posted. 

Excuse me, I have a post to write for the Chimp site.

Ciao for now.

Notes from Australia

October 29, 2008

Imagine if the guys in the U. S. had three more professional sports to follow and you will see why sports fans in Oz have loads of information coming at them and Fox Sports seems to be a big name in Sports.  Luckily, one of the local sports bars seems to think they will have the election results on one of their TV’s next Wednesday afternoon. 

One of the first things we noticed here was that since it is late Spring, the jacaranda bushes are in bloom.  We’ll try to take some extra frames of pictures so that we can send some to JAS Photo and also (maybe) to L. A. Observed who always seems to like to make mention when the Jacaranda bushes bloom in L. A.

One worry has been put to rest.  There will be plenty of good Mexican food available.  We were afraid that we would have to go “cold turkey,” but we’ve found some places and went into one and talked Spanish to the guy and that made this former L. A. resident feel very much “at home.”

Australia is very tourist friendly.  It seems the whole country is geared to make visitors feel welcome.  I’ve met plenty of young folks from all over.  I’ve met visitors from Germany (several), Sweden, Scotland, and heard a big group speaking French.  Why is it that American kids don’t travel?  Heck, once you get to Texas, why leave, eh?

There are local magazines from Australia here, but they seem to have a great many foreign publications readily available.  Unfortunately for the American Empire, they are not all American publications.  Yikes, different points of view.  Bush wouldn’t like that at all.

Candy?  Bet you never had a Perkynana bar.  It’s a chocolate bar that has a banana taste.  I like ’em, but then again I like anything with a banana added.  I like pizza with banana on top and Sue used to make me a very special cheese and banana om let, which I loved, loved, loved.

Will be looking up Sydney auto museums to see in the next week or so.

To be continued . . .

Don’t Do As I Do . . .

October 29, 2008

(Sydney NSW) Oct. 29  Odds are that you won’t see much mention in the mainstream media in the United States about the debate that will be held this evening at City Recital Hall in Sydney because the topic to be debated will be:  “America has lost its moral authority.”

Bob Carr, former premier of New South Wales, will be on of the speakers for the Affirmative point of view. 

Sydney Morning Herald columnist Paul McGeough will be another on the Affirmative side of the question and in this morning’s edition he outlined his indictment of the Bush Administration saying ” . . . Washington is unashamedly contemptuous of the Geneva Conventions, the Convention Against Torture, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.”

If American media were to report on debates such as the one to be held tonight, then the American people might have a more difficult time clinging to the long held image of the United States as “the good guys.” 

Haven’t these Aussie blokes seen the John Wayne movies?  Are they going to be so limited in their outlook that they will base their arguments on the U. S. foreign policy rather than all those feel good movies that brim over with patriotic pride for such things as the liberation of Paris, and D Day, and raising the flag on Iwo Jima?

A columnist for this web site can alert the U. S. audience to such lapses in judgment and recoil in horror as these folks point their fingers in righteous indignation.

Do American debate police brutality because Ned Kelly was hit with gunfire 27 times while he was resisting arrest?  Was that a bit over the line and morally reprehensible?  Americans never raise that question.  The cops did what they had to do.  Kelly was nursed back to health, put on trial and, after being found guilty in a fair trial, sentenced to death.

These critical Aussies who want to castigate George W. Bush for being a tad overenthusiastic about putting an end to terrorism would do well to remember Ned Kelly’s last word:  “Such is life!”  A President does what he has to do to protect his people.

We haven’t decided about going to see tonight’s event, yet.  It certainly sounds like the U. S. is being set up to be found guilty.  Isn’t that what’s called a kangaroo court?

Now, the disk jockey will play “Does Your Chewing Gum Loose It’s Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight” and we’ll hop out of here.  Have a “Good day mate!” type of week.

Where did Tuesday go?

October 29, 2008

I got on an aeroplane on Monday night and I have arrived in Australia and it is Wednesday morning here, so where did Tuesday go?

I have my camera and it looks like I will be able to post some photos from here.

Where did Tusday Oct 28 go?

If you find it please let me know.

Fred C. Dobbs Australian style?

October 27, 2008

I have wanted to go to Australia, since I was in High School.  (We thought Fabian’s birthday should have been a national holiday.)  I’ve always been interested in panning for gold.  My list of favorite movies has “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” listed as no. 1.  I tried some panning when I lived at Tahoe.

Now that I am going to Australia, could I get a twofer?

After finding this web site

it seems like a twofer might be possible.

To be continued . . .

George also goes “on the road”

October 26, 2008

Today, in Berkeley, I got one of those dollar bills that asks you to report its location to the Where’s George web site, so I did

In my note there, I said I will try to spend this dollar bill in Australia and so I will.  We’ll see if anyone makes a subsequent report about that particular dollar bill.

Photo coverage of the trip (to this point)

October 26, 2008

Pictures of my trip up to yesterday, have been posted at the JAS photo site

Click here to see what I’ve seen

Are you ready?

October 26, 2008

Are you ready to listen to the Robert Patterson Singers?

Are you ready?

Are you ready?

Well, then, click this link:

Moses Hall

October 25, 2008
UCB Moses Hall

UCB Moses Hall