Friday, January 17, 2003

More depressing news, fellow travellers. It seems that shark numbers are dwindling at an ever increasing rate. As this story reports: "An average of five people are killed every year by sharks and 100 million sharks are killed by people -- mostly fishermen."

What an appalling injustice! (And not just against the shark, but women too. Note that it's only fishermen who do the killing. Sounds like discrimination to me.)

But back to the plight of the much maligned "monster" of the deep: I think there's a pretty good case for an animal rights class action here. The UN really should look into this. But unfortunately their resources are being exhausted by this whole WMD inspection fiasco. So, if anyone's from that organization is reading this, I exhort you to stop appeasing that tyrannical madman (Dubya) and use the money to save the shark! Then you'll finally have your priorities straight (and I don't mean that in a homophobic way).

PS: At least the species whose numbers are being most heavily reduced is the great white shark. So the situation isn't entirely catastrophic, I suppose.

Sunday, January 12, 2003

Fellow travellers, up until now Australia has basically been free of Nazism in the arts. But not any more. Have a look at this.

It's all about this appallingly racist Nazi from Zimbabwe called Chloe Traicos. You see, she has made a "documentary" about the revolution in Zimbabwe. As we all know this inspiring paradigm shift is cause for great joy to anyone on the left, but of course she sees it differently. She even equates fellow traveller Mugabe with Adolf Hitler! Can you believe it? How appalling!

At the risk of stating the obvious: Mugabe can't possibly be an oppressor, because he's a Marxist, and a little black person. (Okay, so he does have a peenie, an organ so often associated with all that is bad, wrong, and culturally insensitive in the world. But it's not a white one, so it doesn't count.)

Even more appalling is the fact that the journalist who wrote the article seems not to judge this outrageous slur on this visionary and empowering role-model. I mean, I knew The Australian was a right-wing paper. But this?

Even more appalling is the fact that the Perth International Arts Festival is screening the doco. I mean, please explain. It seems that all the hard work we've done over the years is just coming to nought.

I'm very upset. Time for some therapeutic cat-dancing with Jocelyn, I feel.