My latest rant

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China continues to suck

China continues to suck

It’s not that I’m picking on China. Really, I’m not. Can I help it if China’s powers that be provide a constant stream of evidence of suckiness in all areas of human rights, personal and political freedoms and general respect for others? The latest example of suckiness is China’s reaction to the Nobel Peace Prize for Liu Xiaobo. Liu is a Chinese literary critic, writer, professor, and human rights activist who called for political...

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What century is this?

It’s almost unbelievable that in this day and age, bigots who hide behind their own interpretation of Christianity still exist. The owners of a guesthouse in Cornwall, who say they are Christians but certainly don’t act like it, refused to allow a gay couple to share a double bed because to do so would have been “an affront to their faith”. Not surprisingly, they are being sued. I’ll be particularly un-Christian-like by saying I hope...

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Turn left at the next tank

I was a bit disappointed with the look of the satellite mapping system China has launched to rival Google Maps (see how I kept my nearly uncontrollable giggling and snorts of derision from taking over there). Google and China haven’t been the best of friends since last year’s hack attack that originated from China. Google withdrew its search from mainland China and so the bunfight expanded. It’s been a tetchy relationship at best: Google’s...

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Reborns? They creep me out

I realise those “Baby Reborn” doll thingamajigs are insanely popular with some people but for the life of me, I can’t work out why. Sure, I’d understand if it was little girls wanting them to play with but it’s not little girls, it’s big girls. Adult women are spending a fortune on these things and treating them like they are real. It’s weird and just a little bit creepy. Someone on a popular NZ...

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Is it really discrimination?

UPDATE: The latest on this story is that the casting agent has now been sacked. Apparently the light-skinned option was the choice of the casting agent, an independent contractor, not the producers. Oh well, I still say having a whinge about not getting a particular role because you don’t have the right look is ridiculous. ORIGINAL POST Wannabe actress/hobbit Naz Humphreys is complaining about what she calls discrimination after being turned down for the role of a hobbit extra...

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I vote they don’t breed

It should have come as no surprise to Pete and Alisha Arnold that their website would stir up a lot of debate, I only hope it’s one of those controversial sites that ends up being a hoax. The couple, from Minneapolis, have launched their birthornot.com website to give the world the chance to vote on whether or not they should go ahead with their pregnancy or have an abortion. Sure, they have lots of...

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It’s official: China sucks

The news a few days ago that a Chinese woman had been sentenced to a year in a hard labour camp for retweeting something the Chinese government didn’t like should make those of us fortunate enough to live in countries like New Zealand incredibly thankful for the freedoms we enjoy every day. We moan about the state of play here from time-to-time but things really aren’t so bad, are they? Sure, we have our...

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Reasons to Taser the PC brigade # 100

Reasons to Taser the PC brigade # 100

I suspect the world really has gone mad. According to the Shropshire Star, gingerbread men have been renamed gingerbread persons by Lancashire council bosses in their latest menus for the area’s primary school meals. I’m pleased to say the locals haven’t let the politically correct nutters have their way and that the gender specific gingerbread men will be back on the menu. I’m all for ensuring us females have equal rights but really, how...

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Is another 16 years enough?

Is another 16 years enough?

I see the lovely George Baker was in court today (again) facing a whole raft of charges:  attempted kidnapping, kidnapping, threatening to kill and assault with an offensive weapon in fact. Just in case the name doesn’t ring a bell, this is the scum-sucking piece of shite who bashed teenager Liam Ashley to death in the back of a prison van in 2006. Anyway, in today’s little court appearance this fine, upstanding citizen threatened to “take...

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Dear Ticketek, ushers, late arrivals, cellphone addicts

Dear Ticketek, ushers, late arrivals, cellphone addicts

Wednesday night’s Leonard Cohen concert in Christchurch was amazing but there were a few things that peeved me relating to the arena and to Ticketek. Ticketek, if you sell people tickets to an event and the name of the venue changes after you’ve sent said tickets, surely you could use your online database to email those customers to let them know? We bought our tickets the day they went on sale (June 3). They...

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