We’ve all had a passport photo we were glad to replace… but this baby won’t ever be allowed to forget this effort.

Thanks very much Dad! Picture: Reddit

His own dad thought it was so hilarious he decided to share it with the rest of us...

It’s Tuesday. What are you sharing today?

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    • Ian1 says:

      05:26am | 18/09/12

      “UniSA study finds youngsters’ mobility jeopardised by obesity, even with simple tasks”

      It took a Uni study to figure this out?  No wonder SA is labor.

    • acotrel says:

      07:04am | 18/09/12

      Barnaby Joyce ?

    • subotic says:

      08:07am | 18/09/12

      Stereoscopic Barnaby Joyce….

    • Kerryn says:

      07:19am | 18/09/12

      Funny you should mention sharing today.  Anyone else use Spotify?  I love the concept.  Honestly, instead of buying a copy of a song for our personal use, why not just pay a monthly fee to be allowed to stream music on your phone/PC/whatever to create your own playlists or even listen to playlists other people have created.  If you didn’t want to pay the fee, you could have paid advertisements between tracks or something just like radio (only more personalised).

      Look up thekezzstar, I’ll be making a playlist of music you should listen to in the calm before a spring storm (IMO the best time to go for a walk).

    • subotic the tattooed bearded lady says:

      08:08am | 18/09/12

      Now there’s a choice pick ladies if I’ve ever seen one.

      Especially the eye…. o_O

    • Mouse says:

      08:47am | 18/09/12

      Yes….he is a hunk!    :o/

    • S.L says:

      10:02am | 18/09/12

      Saw it I can’t believe a tattooed eyeball!

    • Alfie says:

      10:10am | 18/09/12

      @Mouse

      Hunk…of what?

    • Mouse says:

      11:03am | 18/09/12

      Alfie…. precisely!  lol :oD

    • LJ Dots says:

      11:13am | 18/09/12

      See, this is what happens when Mum didn’t buy you that Terminator T-Shirt as a young-un.

    • Louie the Cringing Fly says:

      11:16am | 18/09/12

      eeeeeeeuuuuuuuuwwwwwwww!

      Is his eyeball actually tatooed, how does the ink stick to your eyeball?

    • gobsmack says:

      12:08pm | 18/09/12

      “how does the ink stick to your eyeball?”

      Painfully, I’d imagine.

    • Baloo says:

      12:31pm | 18/09/12

      As much I would never get it done nor would I want to have a friend with it done, but his eye looks bad ass.

      To be honest though I think you can just go and buy eye contacts for that kind of look…

    • iMitchy says:

      04:01pm | 18/09/12

      Eye tattooing is more like injecting. You only need to inject in one spot and the ink bleeds over the white part of your eye.

      Much worse is the beauty procedure of having your eye colour changed. It doesn’t look as full on as this but is a much more brutal procedure with far worse risks to your eye.

    • Mahhrat says:

      07:48am | 18/09/12

      I’ve started reading a book called “Philosophy for life”.  I figure that if I’m going to give advice, even silly things online like this, then I should be better informed.

      Here’s a cool stat:  Socrates was apparnetly the most feared warrior in the Athenian army for his physical as well as mental prowess.  The ancient Socratic and Stoic philosophies weren’t just mental but physical ways of life for their proponents.

    • acotrel says:

      08:45am | 18/09/12

      Everybody who starts a movement has a book of words to base it on.

    • colin says:

      09:49am | 18/09/12

      @Mahhrat 07:48am | 18/09/12

      “I’ve started reading a book called “Philosophy for life”...”

      Uuuurgh…After you finish that you should read, “Quantum Physics and Improving Your Crochet” then, “Existentialism and Gardening”

      Pffft.

    • Scotchfinger says:

      10:48am | 18/09/12

      hahahaha colin! Couldn’t you be helpful and recommend someone like Alain de Botton? Your disdain knows no limits *admire*

    • Tim says:

      11:35am | 18/09/12

      Question without notice,
      Is Colin the most pretentious knob on The Punch?

      I vote yes.

    • colin says:

      11:47am | 18/09/12

      @Scotchfinger 10:48am | 18/09/12

      Alain de Botton..?!??!??

      I would rather recommend the musings of a schizophrenic orang utan with a rampant Napoleon Complex than point anyone to the self-aggrandising “philosophy” of that empty-headed, sound-bite generating, Master of the Ephemeral Cliche..!

      And if you are suggesting that Mahrat may benefit from reading someone such as Botton as a primer to some deeper philosophical realm, then I would counter-suggest that he would usefully gain more insight into the dialectic art by immersing himself in a vat of warm butter for a month…

      Alain de Botton… Pfffft!

    • Mahhrat says:

      11:54am | 18/09/12

      @Colin:  So I shouldn’t start with a critically acclaimed book that’s achieved wide commercial success….why?

    • Grumpy says:

      12:03pm | 18/09/12

      “No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable” - Socrates 400BC

      he was like arnie…pretty much.

    • colin says:

      12:11pm | 18/09/12

      @Tim 11:35am | 18/09/12

      Pretentious? Moi..?

    • AJ in Perth says:

      12:23pm | 18/09/12

      Is Colin the most pretentious knob on The Punch?

      I vote NO

    • Scotchfinger says:

      12:24pm | 18/09/12

      colin, I share you hatred of A de B, however his book ‘Consolations…’ was well received (have not read; my principle is, read the authorities, not the interpreters).

    • Scotchfinger says:

      12:56pm | 18/09/12

      @Grumpy, are you quoting Socrates or Plato? he he!

    • HappyG says:

      01:05pm | 18/09/12

      @ Tim 11:35am
      Question without notice,
      Is Colin the most pretentious knob on The Punch?

      Without question.
      He hates
      1. The Olympics
      2. The memory of the diggers and anyone who mentions it
      3. Bogans - that’s Colinese for anyone with a different opinion to his grand self.
      A toss pot of the first order.

    • Shane From Melbourne says:

      01:28pm | 18/09/12

      Read Machiavelli’s The Prince followed by Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. The only two books you’ll ever need….

    • Mouse says:

      01:33pm | 18/09/12

      colin,and what’s wrong with a schizophrenic orang utan with a rampant Napoleon Complex. Some of the nicest people I know are oragnutans!  *that vat of warm butter doesn’t sound too bad either, hmmmmmm!”
      You have a little of the provocateur in yourself too it seems! lol :o)

      LOL, “toss pot”  I like that HappyG, can I use it?  ;o)

    • Elphaba says:

      01:49pm | 18/09/12

      @HappyG, high five! smile

    • colin says:

      02:16pm | 18/09/12

      @Mahhrat 11:54am | 18/09/12

      “So I shouldn’t start with a critically acclaimed book that’s achieved wide commercial success….why?”

      Well, simply put (opposed to the subtlety I attempted in my first reply); reading a book on “Philosophy” by someone who isn’t a philosopher, but a journalist and “Writer” is akin to reading one of those “New Age” books that attempts to conflate (wrongly) the precepts of things like Quantum Physics and some strange worldview to produce incomprehensible, pop gibberish, or where some idiotic rendering of the term “Metaphysics” is used as if it were some spiritual concept on which subject idiot hippies can discuss around a drum circle…There are so many books out there written on “Philosophy” with the author having no more (and sometimes less) than an even cursory knowledge of what the term actually means.

      So, if you must read something as a primer to a greater philosophical journey, get one of the books by a recognised “real” philosopher, and avoid popular culture versions of same.

      ——
      @HappyG 01:05pm | 18/09/12

      Oh, but that’s no good, cos I think you is a top bloke, HappyG grin

      —-
      @Scotchfinger 12:24pm | 18/09/12

      “...colin, I share you hatred of A de B…”

      Well, then we have reached a mutual plane of reference. grin

    • fml says:

      02:38pm | 18/09/12

      Shane,

      The prince is over-rated, It has to be the most quoted yet least read book in the history of mankind, he was a second rate politician, would you read a book read by any of our politicians? In saying that, second rate would be a compliment to them.

      Sun Tzu,

      Agreed.

    • Scotchfinger says:

      02:45pm | 18/09/12

      I would recommend Russell’s History of Western Philosophy, but I just can’t take that man seriously. He wears his prejudices on his sleeve, and it stops him from assessing philosophers on their own merits. Collingwood said, ‘for every historical period, ask what problems were the philosophers trying to solve… and were they successful?’ Now Collingwood is my current hero. They just don’t make ‘em like they used too…

    • HappyG says:

      03:16pm | 18/09/12

      @Colin. Oh the wit. And you is so edumacated and smart. Sorry mate didn’t mean to upset you. Better go get another latte and listen to some Mahler. It’ll make you feel better.

    • colin says:

      03:28pm | 18/09/12

      @Scotchfinger 02:45pm | 18/09/12

      Oh, don’t mollycoddle him..! Throw him in the deep-end; for a good overview try Descartes’ “Principia Philosophiae” or for ethics, try Aristotle’s “Nicomachean Ethics”...

      Go on, Mahrat; leaping in head-first will do you good! Don’t skirt around the edges!

    • colin says:

      03:44pm | 18/09/12

      @ HappyG 03:16pm | 18/09/12

      “Sorry mate didn’t mean to upset you…”

      No probs but, HappyG, I think that you is a top bloke; why did you think I was unhappy..?

      Besides, Mahler never makes me feel better; he’s always been a bit morose. Now, Mozart, Verdi, or Holst, on the other hand…

      And, yes, I think that I WILL have another latte; thanks for the suggestion grin

    • Chris L says:

      08:05am | 18/09/12

      I was watching a clip of Louis CK where he was talking about a funny, but very personal moment for his 3 year old daughter. It occured to me that, when she is a teenager, anyone who realises her dad is/was a comedian will probably search for his act and stumble upon this one. Hopefully she will have inherited her father’s sense of humour and self confidence.

    • fairsfair says:

      09:02am | 18/09/12

      Agreed. That is my biggest beef with Facebook too. The photos. I know we have spoken about this before but I would never put up photos of my child online. They are there forever and one day they will be an adult and will have to confront the reality of someone else creating an online presence without their express permission.

      Parents really do some stupid things. Hypersensitive about some things and then they go and put a picture of their naked child on the can for all to see.

      Its not right.

      Oversharing is getting beyond ridiculous. And the oversharing of other people’s information. My sister recently attended a wedding and the invite had a little poem in it about the couple wanting to be the ones to control and share images of their wedding “please do not upload to facebook” etc.

      WTF is the world coming to.

    • SimpleSimon says:

      10:17am | 18/09/12

      @fairs - is your issue with the “please do not upload to facebook” thing that they asked or that people do it in the first place? My best mate recently got married and they asked the same thing, which I think is understandable; people take photos on their phones the whole way through the ceremony and reception, so photos of your wedding can be online before you’ve even said your vows.

    • Scotchfinger says:

      11:16am | 18/09/12

      I was in the bathroom of some friends of ours, and was confronted by a series of photos of their four-year-old boy, stark naked and grinning. Is this over-sharing? Would they post similar photos of a female child? And when will they pull the damn things down? YOU decide! (with Chrissie Swan)

    • fairsfair says:

      11:27am | 18/09/12

      Oh no SS, my issue is that it had to be asked. As the couple, you should not have to disclose that you don’t want your image posted to the internet. People shouldn’t upload photos of other people (in those situations) unless they actually say “I am about to upload this photo, are you Ok with that”.

      I had a friend recently who didn’t even get to announce the birth of her own baby or post the first photo.

      I use facebook (too much actually, but it is good to keep in touch with friends), but I don’t like how it is starting to change society.

    • Tim says:

      11:39am | 18/09/12

      I don’t get the “we don’t want photos of our wedding on facebook” thing.

      I could understand if they were embarrassing or over the top, but just a few general photos of the event and/or reception?

      Since when did people get so precious?

    • SimpleSimon says:

      12:22pm | 18/09/12

      @Tim - my friends’ request was actually “please don’t post any pictures of the wedding on social media until we have posted ours”. So they were cool with them going up, just not before they’d put up their own. Which I can understand.

    • AFR says:

      12:31pm | 18/09/12

      “Since when did people get so precious? “

      I think it’s a reasonable request to not want a photo of yourself posted for the world to see.

    • Ben C says:

      12:41pm | 18/09/12

      @ Tim

      “Since when did people get so precious?”

      About the time that they were slugged an arm and a leg for a professional photographer for their wedding.

    • Justin Time says:

      12:53pm | 18/09/12

      Some sick parent posted this photo of their beautiful kid on facebook.
      imagine having to live with this photo?

      http://tinyurl.com/9yfunmy

    • Tim says:

      12:59pm | 18/09/12

      AFR,
      can I ask why?
      I think that no matter what you do these days you are going to have photos taken of you and some of them will end up on the internet.
      The horse has well and truly bolted on this one in my opinion.

    • Anubis says:

      01:36pm | 18/09/12

      @ Justin Time - That’s a good pic. I think FairsFair should have a look at it. She likes pics like that,

    • fml says:

      08:42am | 18/09/12

      Just got back from holiday,

      Looks like I didn’t miss much?

    • subotic says:

      09:47am | 18/09/12

      I miss heaps everytime I stay away for a minute or two. Like that stupid 8 pm AEST thing they’ve added so you can’t backpost on stuff. What kind of stupidity was involved in that decision?

      Hope you didn’t miss the Islamic placard kid whilst you were away tho, fml. That little tacker is my latest hero.

    • fml says:

      11:58am | 18/09/12

      That kid is pretty cool,

      It would be better if his mum gave him a gold chain and put a fake beard on him.

      I was just waiting for bill cosby to rock onto the screen and say kids say the darnest thing!

      They grow up so quick nowadays, we didn’t get to that stage till at least 15…

    • Kathy says:

      09:01am | 18/09/12

      Looks like Tony Abbott and his Coalition are fading fast. Thank god I say as Australia has been spared a nutter for a PM and a woman hater.

    • Alfie says:

      09:33am | 18/09/12

      In your dreams Kathy. You better get used to the idea: Tony Abbott will be our next Prime Minister. Start counting the days luv.

    • TRBNGR says:

      09:40am | 18/09/12

      Yawn.

      Read this yesterday, either get some new material or be more entertaining/controversial with your current material. Lame.

    • Rose says:

      09:41am | 18/09/12

      I’m not actually sure that Abbott is a ‘woman hater’ specifically, I do however think he has great difficulty dealing with people who challenge him, and that his ‘traditional values’ makes that more difficult if the challenger is female. I think he would like to go back to the days that a man was the head of the household and all others revered him, but that it comes from a misguided sense of ‘protecting and cherishing’ women, rather than hate.

    • TimB says:

      10:05am | 18/09/12

      Oh look. ‘Little Olive’ is back.

      Old trolls never die. Unfortunately they never fade away either.

    • S.L says:

      10:06am | 18/09/12

      Not until the conservative fan club in the media give up propping him up Kathy!

    • Inky says:

      10:43am | 18/09/12

      “but that it comes from a misguided sense of ‘protecting and cherishing’ women, rather than hate. “

      I believe they call that Chauvinism.

    • Kathy says:

      10:48am | 18/09/12

      Hes “gorn” Alfie. Abbott will never be PM of this great country. Always a 2nd rater this lad. Way way out of his league.

    • Ben C says:

      11:00am | 18/09/12

      @ Kathy

      I’m sure Labor could do with less one-track minds like yourself and Lesley “smart people vote Labor” Watkins.

    • Mouse says:

      11:05am | 18/09/12

      Damn you TimB, you have cursed us all again!!!  ;o)

    • Rose says:

      11:21am | 18/09/12

      Interestingly apparently some in the Coalition are looking for a front bench restructure, saying that some Coalition front benchers aren’t pulling their weight. I hate to break it to them, but even if that were true, the Coalition has built itself up around Abbott, and for many it’s the fact that they are increasingly not liking and not trusting Abbott, nothing to do with the front bench. That and despite any Gillard issues, the world hasn’t fallen down around our ears and doesn’t look like it’s about to. The other thing hurting them is the slash and burn tactics of the state governments, no one with any intelligence would like to see that repeated Federally. Slashing services is an unavoidable result of slashing public service numbers to the degree that has happened, with State governments also slashing health and education budgets for the next few years. There is always scope to improve efficiencies and monitor the size of the public service, but arbitrarily slashing thousands of jobs isn’t logical, measured or necessary.

    • Stop feeding trolls says:

      11:23am | 18/09/12

      TimB - You don’t help…stop feeding them, I know it’s difficult but part of their high comes from responses like yourself. Ignore them, starve them and they will slowly die!

    • gobsmack says:

      11:51am | 18/09/12

      His realisation that people would eventually see the neanderthal within explains his desperation to bring down the government by any means.

    • TimB says:

      12:01pm | 18/09/12

      @ Stop Feeding Trolls, no they feed on geniune responses like Alfie’s. i.e people who take the trolling seriously.

      I’m just helpfully identifying the trolls for others so we can all avoid and starve them as you suggest.

      @ Mouse, it’s not my fault! They’re like flies! you keep shooing them away, but they keep buzzing right back. Someone get the Mortein. ...And warn Louie to hold his breath if he’s around smile

    • Rose says:

      12:30pm | 18/09/12

      Yep, he’s a chauvinist alright, but I don’t believe it is hate, it is a belief in the role of men to have a certain role and women to have a different role. He is a Conservative and a traditionalist.There is a fine line between chauvinism and hate, but I don’t believe he has crossed it.  My dislike for Abbott is pretty huge, but this whole hate of women thing is out of line, in my opinion anyway.

    • Kathy says:

      12:32pm | 18/09/12

      TimB never has anything sensible to add and is a cyber bully par excellence. And a dill to albeit a Liberal Party one. get some real friends TimB.

    • Pollster says:

      12:46pm | 18/09/12

      Timmie
      You sure it isn’t that Badger that you see everywhere?

      TimB says: “the only explanation I can come up with for Turnbull’s popularity is the support of the Left. Of course they like someone who agrees with all of Labor’s policies and doesn’t make waves ala Tony.

      The reality:
      A breakdown shows that in the past three months, support for Mr Turnbull among Coalition voters has risen 4 points to 53 per cent while Mr Abbott has fallen 5 points to 45 percent, giving Mr Turnbull an eight-point lead.

      Another illusion shattered.

    • Anne71 says:

      01:04pm | 18/09/12

      Alfie, “luv” (I’ll spell it the same way as you do so you won’t be confused),  don’t be so sure that your hero will be PM. If his popularity continues to slide the way it has been, the LNP will have no hesitation in replacing him. They want to win, remember? They won’t stay with a leader who is behind in the preferred PM stakes, especially if the ALP is gaining ground in both the primary and 2-party-preferred polls.  It would be too much of a risk.

    • Tim says:

      01:21pm | 18/09/12

      The Badger is like an agent from the Matrix.

      He is everyone, and he is no one.

    • TimB says:

      01:33pm | 18/09/12

      LOL Badger. I note you neglected to include a date for that comment. Allow me to assist you- It was June 2011!

      You mean to tell me you’ve been holding onto that for the past 15 months, just waiting untill you got ONE good poll that finally allowed you to claim a ‘shattered illusion’? ROFL. How sad.

      Given that all the other recent polls have Labor still stuck far behind the ALP, I’m going to assume we have another rogue poll here. Perhaps you should see what the next poll brings before you start gloating, eh Badger?

    • gobsmack says:

      03:44pm | 18/09/12

      Abbott is the Glen McGrath of Australian politics.

      He can give the opposition batsmen all sorts of trouble but is incapable of putting any runs on the board himself.

    • Alfie says:

      05:27pm | 18/09/12

      @TimB

      Speak for yourself, I like to wind up trolls - it sporting.

    • missing the point says:

      05:49pm | 18/09/12

      Bit slow aren’t you alfie?

      You don’t wind up trolls, they wind you up.
      and you are such an easy target.
      born with a silver spoon up the clacker.
      and all the opinions that reflect it.

    • AJ in Perth says:

      05:56pm | 18/09/12

      TimB

      If this is you not feeding the trolls, I can’t for the life of me imagine what you would be like feeding the trolls :o)

    • TheRealDave says:

      09:19am | 18/09/12

      Dear Punch Staff - can you guys please pass on my absolute congratulations and undying affection to your colleague Joe Hildebrand. I have a totally heterosexual ‘man crush’ on him for today.

      The kids left the TV down the other end of the house on last night and before I left for footy training I went down to turn it off and bloody Today Tonight was on. Curling my lip in disgust when I saw Matthew White on the screen I went to switch it off but then I saw Joe on the screen and though I’d keep watching. The next 5 minutes of god awful TV left me both amazed and disturbed.

      Let me say firstly, Joe - well done. I though you were very articulate and put across some great points, its just a pity the people you were speaking with couldn’t grasp basic concepts of human decency and responsibility. Apart from the old lady, I thouoght she was pretty good. I almost fell off my chair howling with laughter when the young Aussie muslim girl started crapping on how ‘because you are a Jew’ - to which you let her finish and then deadpanned ‘I’m not Jewish’...the look on her face was deadset bloody priceless!!!

      If you do not get a Logie for best comedic performance for delivering that one line then I will organise a protest march on Pitt St that will make last Saturday look like the ticket line for the Wiggles!

      Champagne Comedy aside, the sad or most troubling part of that interview was the young bearded bloke attempting to justify the actions of the morons from the weekend, despite saying ‘I’m not saying it acceptable…but’ ....and not grasping the concept that the ‘but’ part doesn’t make it right or any better.

      We do live in a free and democratic society with almost complete Free Speech. We do have the implied right to critisize things we do not agree with. We also have the right to a peaceful protest. But we do not have is the right to riot and go about the streets with violence - especially over something that happened in another country by a citizen of a country that is not ours and shown on networks not in Australia. A point you tried to make repeatedly which they could not even fathom.

      Whilst Allah may be great, he has some pretty clueless people following him around…..

    • subotic hands it to you says:

      09:49am | 18/09/12

      Whilst Allah may be great, he has some pretty clueless people following him around…..

      And handless too if we could only convince the Australian public to let muslims have Sharia Law.

      Bring it!

    • SimpleSimon says:

      10:22am | 18/09/12

      I loathe TT and ACA, but after reading this I’m wishing I’d seen the piece. I like Joe Hildebrand, I find his commentary thoughtful, articulate and often quite funny. I’d like to hear what he has to say about the events of the weekend.

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      12:26pm | 18/09/12

      Yea I watched that, was pretty funny.

      There a few White Aussie Converts which must piss the community off. Her, Hicks, Brown, Conlon. Kay is usually pretty good but she went off on a tangent a bit and the Jew thing gave her egg on her face.

      I’ve always liked Joe H, good value on any show he is on.

    • SimpleSimon says:

      01:15pm | 18/09/12

      Cheers for that LJ - I’ll check it out tonight when I’m procrastinating.

    • LJ Dots says:

      02:32pm | 18/09/12

      @TheRealDave. I’ll agree with you that the older woman seemed to be quite sensible and actually pretty cool in my opinion.  I’d also like to include the young woman in the red shirt who, to her credit kept pulling the discussion back into line.

      It was the other three that had me worried when almost every question put to them seemed to return repeatedly to either: the police, Australian politicians, our ‘emotions’, the power of the media, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine or Israel as though stating these things are self evidential for explaining what happened in Sydney.

    • Alfie says:

      09:21am | 18/09/12

      Read an interesting study about the effects of re-breathing carbon dioxide. It becomes an issue when, for example, you have your car A/C on recycle and a car full of people on a long trip. Effects are drowsiness and disorientation. They also have discovered (by autopsy) issues with full-face helmets on motorcyclists. Particularlty in colder climates where the rider might be wearing a scarf etc.

    • ibast says:

      09:50am | 18/09/12

      Hard to believe.  Been riding to 20 years and even with the vents closed, a neck warmer and high collar jumper, a helmet is a pretty drafty place.  Besides, with the vents closed, they fog up very quickly in winter, so you just cant do it, I’d say.

      Maybe if you wore a balaclava or a neck warmer that extended over you mouth and nose and a full face helmet . . . .

    • fairsfair says:

      11:02am | 18/09/12

      My car auto turns off the recirculated air after 20 minutes for that reason. Usually at the point in which you are tootling past the sewage treatment plant….

    • Josephine says:

      09:27am | 18/09/12

      What an adorable baby! He’s so cute I want to pinch his chubby wubby little cheeks.

    • Inky says:

      09:30am | 18/09/12

      Narrowly avoided calling in sick today, becuase no coping with the complete reversal of sleeping patterns.

      Turns out a lot of people *did* call in sick, so now I get to shoulder their burden :D

    • Chris L says:

      10:12am | 18/09/12

      You think you have it tough, think of what reverse vampires go through!

    • Elphaba says:

      10:27am | 18/09/12

      I know how you feel, the exact same thing is happening here.  Understaffed, I am all blocked in my sinuses and completely exhausted, and another one called in sick today.

    • Scotchfinger says:

      10:35am | 18/09/12

      say ‘hi’ to your boss, Gina Rinehart. Ask her how the diet is going? Lookin’ good, Big G!!

    • Mouse says:

      11:09am | 18/09/12

      But ChrisL, It’s only a reverse if you were a day person beforehand anyway. Not much of a problems with “night owls”  Like subotic though, I hate this 8pm close off, I do my best stuff in the middle of the night!!  LOL :o)

    • Scotchfinger says:

      11:34am | 18/09/12

      Inky and Elphaba, according to fairsfair, you are all working ‘efficiently’, as opposed to being ‘overworked’ smile in keeping with the C Newman’s ethos.  Structural reform, here we come! yippee!

    • Inky says:

      11:36am | 18/09/12

      @Scotchy

      I *wish* I made as much money as someone in mining. Although not hard enough to want to actually work in mining, not with my twig-like arms.

      @Chris L

      I can imagine. So much crap about vampires lately, it’d be hard to hold your head high. Of course, Vampires of any form are inferior to Incubi, so it’s hard to feel too much sympathy for them, bunch of posers.

      @Elphaba

      In a lot of workplaces, turning up to work sick and spreading it around can be as big a problem as Absenteeism, because of the massive pain/hassle it is to actually take sick days.

    • subotic says:

      12:27pm | 18/09/12

      @Mouse, I do my best stuff full of rum & bad manners, and thus actually kinda happy I can’t log in here @ 1000 hours and do some anti-Mandela rant and alienate further what few people find me funny.

      But I don’t like the fact I can’t go back into some stupid rant and annoy the crap out of St. Michael a day or 2 later. That stuff I do miss…

    • Mouse says:

      01:16pm | 18/09/12

      Inky, you are the man! lol I am not a day sleeper,  when doing night shift I am a zombie, so can understand your pain!. These short shift breaks are a bitch too. Chin up Sunshine, what goes around, comes around, it will all be something to laugh about down the track!  :o)

      subotic, hahahaha. I don’t actually need rum to get my roll going as I am kinda, a bit, crazy all the time anyway, lol,  but I agree It is a shame that we can’t reply to past comments to our own comments.
      I must admit that I find your comments most amusing and, even though, very occassionally, I have missed the direction that you have taken, have never been offended by anything you have said.  Keep up the good work, I am sure St Michael misses you heaps!  :o)

    • Scotchfinger says:

      01:30pm | 18/09/12

      I truly feel for nurses. Very unhealthy working life.
      But I love their outfits grin even if they are sleepy and irritable all the time. Something about getting bandages ripped from an open wound by a pair of soft, petite hands that really brings out my inner caveman.

    • Chris L says:

      02:36pm | 18/09/12

      I agree Scotch. I was in hospital a few years ago being looked after by a nurse who looked just like Emma Caulfied. She probed and violated me in personal and humiliating ways. I always thought I should send her a card or some flowers.

    • subotic kisses the curb says:

      02:45pm | 18/09/12

      Mouse, the only direction I take is down.

      Face down….

    • Inky says:

      02:57pm | 18/09/12

      ” Chin up Sunshine, what goes around, comes around,”

      Yup, next week it’s back to night shifts. Derp.

      Still, visit me sometime and I’ll show you how much of a man I am wink

    • Scotchfinger says:

      03:30pm | 18/09/12

      Inky, Mouse went right off you when she read about your ‘twig-like arms’. My arms are more like tree branches, Mouse! I promise! *whimper*

    • Inky says:

      04:14pm | 18/09/12

      Well, you know what they say Scotchy, it’s not the size that counts, it’s how you use them wink

    • Mouse says:

      04:16pm | 18/09/12

      LOL I love you guys!!!  RFLMAO :oD

    • Inky says:

      10:31am | 18/09/12

      Geez, today’s articles are rather toxic, are they not? I’m just going to hide here all day…

    • iansand says:

      10:50am | 18/09/12

      A long flight and a few beers will make anyone look like that kid.  This photo will be useable for a few decades.  Well done Dad.

    • Tim says:

      12:01pm | 18/09/12

      Perfect for a comparison on the kid’s 21st birthday I think.

    • pa_kelvin says:

      03:50pm | 18/09/12

      They say if you look like your passport photo your probably to sick to travel… I dont think that kid will be let on the plane….. smile

    • AJ in Perth says:

      11:46am | 18/09/12

      One of my favourites, it wouldn’t be funny if it wasn’t true ...

      Dakota Native American tribal wisdom, passed on from generation to generation, says:

      “When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount and get a different horse.”

      However, more advanced strategies are employed in government:
      Buying stronger whips
      Changing riders
      Appointing committees to study the horse
      Visiting other countries to see how other cultures ride dead horses
      Lowering the standards so that the dead horse can be included
      Reclassifying the dead horse as ‘living impaired’
      Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse
      Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed
      Providing additional funding and/or training to increase dead horse’s performance
      Doing productivity studies to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse’s performance
      Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overheads and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses
      Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses
      And if all else fails, promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position

    • Chris L says:

      02:39pm | 18/09/12

      Love it! You’ll find those strategies are also employed in private enterprise.

    • Blind Freddy says:

      02:43pm | 18/09/12

      You could always try whipping it.

    • vox says:

      11:49am | 18/09/12

      TRBNGR or something. I also read that Abbott’s going backwards,and I thought it was highly entertaining. But I do take your view that once something has been done to death, (like the collapse of civilisation because of a carbon tax, e.g.), it should be laid to rest. I mean, how many ways can anyone say, “In my opinion the world is about to come to a standstill”? And then, miracle of miracles, it doesn’t happen!
      How long can those devoid of any new subject matter get away with, “Gillard is a liar”. You are quite right. It is so very lame, but, I must say that it is indicative of the intelligence of these type of posters.
      Kathy possibly read about Abbott’s failure yesterday as you did, but may not have had the inclination or the opportunity to comment until today, so you are not being fair to her. You are however so right about matters being ‘done to death’ without any added material, ideas or wisdom.
      This appears to be a common trait amongst Conservatives, following as they do a common script. Repetition, regurgitation, and regimentation. That is the basis of their mantra. Who was watching Pyne and Bishop reading their heartfelt personal view from the same prepared script yesterday?
      Incidentally, where are all of the Abbotteers today? Their silence is deafening!
      This is for the “Punch” guys, (no, not Abbott’s hole-in-the-wall gang). As the “Punch” is “Australia’s best conversation”, how can we have a one-sided conversation? You keep the articles on show, but don’t print our comments because we can’t make any. So,if we can’t participate, I suggest you remove the non-conversation pieces.
      Now if you can make sense of that then you’re a better man than I am. (I refuse to write, “better person”).

    • TRBNGR says:

      01:22pm | 18/09/12

      “Kathy possibly read about Abbott’s failure yesterday as you did, but may not have had the inclination or the opportunity to comment until today, so you are not being fair to her.”

      Wrong. Look at yesterdays Open thread, she posted the same thing on there, almost word for word, hence my response. I’ve got no problem with her views, I just don’t care for people that deliberately create trouble is all, regardless of how pathetic the attempt may be.

    • epi-centre says:

      01:38pm | 18/09/12

      “I just don’t care for people that deliberately create trouble is all, regardless of how pathetic the attempt may be. “

      I think you nailed Abbott with this one.
      Was it intentional or a fluke?
      In any event, keep up the good work.

    • Bye Bye Tony says:

      01:55pm | 18/09/12

      “Who was watching Pyne and Bishop reading their heartfelt personal view from the same prepared script yesterday”

      Channel 9 news last night was classic, they ran the Pyne and Bishop responses (separate interviews) side by side and in unison, it was stereophonic, it was cringe-worthy but very funny to watch.

      The problem for the Libs is who do they replace Abbott with? Hockey? I very much doubt it, Abbott’s definitely a gonner, he is now well behind Hockey and Turnbull when it comes to conservative popularity polls, and overall, he is detested far more than Gillard with the general populace…and that’s saying something.

    • The Future says:

      12:00pm | 18/09/12

      Yesterday I got called a troll for suggesting that a solution to the Israel and Palestinian conflict was for the Palestinians to sign away the right of the West Bank to Israel and for a majority of the Palestinians who are recognised as refugees being resettled in developed countries, such as Australia.  A number of international reports discusses that any independent Palestinian state would be financially unsustainable given the population levels of the Palestinians on the West Bank.  And I know many Palestinians on the West Bank and Gaza have given up on having their own state and just want resettlement in Australia, Canada, the US, New Zealand or Europe.

      What do people think of this solution both for the Israeli/Palestinians and also for Australia accepting large numbers of Palestinian refugees as a result of a deal between the Palestinians and Israelis?

      Another important fact is that in the region we are looking at upwards of 5 million Palestinian refugees.

    • Grumpy says:

      01:06pm | 18/09/12

      They should have done that with the jews in the first place instead of giving them land they had no right to give. The Balfour declaration is such BS i cant believe the crap that goes on in this world..Palestine has every right to be at war with Israel. I feel sorry for the innocents that suffer the wishes & decisions made by these elite dogs. Israel has taken land from palestine since the state was created, that along with its invasion of other countries in the region its no wonder anti semitism exists. If you have no money you are nothing in this world.

    • iansand says:

      01:29pm | 18/09/12

      We could give them some land in the Kimberley…

       


      I suppose, for those suffering a Santayana moment, I should explain that this was a proposal for a Jewish state back in the day.

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      01:42pm | 18/09/12

      Most Australians would rather slit their wrists before that would happen, plus the Jewish Lobby is way too powerful to let it happen.

      I’m pro Palestinian but recognise Israel has it pretty tough in trying to deal with rockets being launched on a regular basis in their direction.

      To me the best solution would be to get rid of the settlements that Israel have built, get both sides together and have America say ” we are going to cut off all aid until you can work out a two state solution ” I don’t think it would take them too long to work something out wink

    • vox says:

      02:00pm | 18/09/12

      Future, Future, Future, when will you learn? If you suggest, claim assert, or mention anything with which TimB, or Dash or one of the other followers of the “born to Rule” mentality, (they don’t have that mentality, they just mindlessly follow it), disagree, you are a Troll.
      They know not of what they speak, they just speak it. A bit like Pyne and Bishop yesterday reading their “own” responses to the Sydney riot.
      What a shambles! Scripted heartfelt responses with almost exactly the same content. I could almost hear the Media guys calling, “Author!, Author!”
      For them Troll is a term they use when they don’t have an answer. I find them also using the phrase, “Rusted on Leftie” a lot. Mind you, something that is ‘rusted on’ is not permanent, nor securely attached, but they don’t think much you see, They reiterate the puerile utterings of others.
      I also like it when they repeat, (and repeat), the oft repeated already Abbottism, “A line in the sand”. Abbott declares his stupidity in saying, “I will repeal the carbon tax! I have drawn a line in the sand!”
      In the sand?  Well, that’s certainly a line which which will be there forever, Eh? 
      Go Julia, and see their doing become their undoing.

    • marley says:

      02:58pm | 18/09/12

      @Future - that was me, and for that I apologise.  I thought your comment was so far off the wall, that I assumed it was a genuine effort at trolling, designed purely to stir dissension.

      The thing is, the only way your proposal would work would be for resettlement countries to agree to take the entire Palestinian population.  It doesn’t matter how high up the preference list the UNHCR would put Palestinians, it’s still up to resettlement countries to decide whether to take them or not.

      And since there are only a handful of resettlement countries to start with;  since most of them are already trying to cope with waves of irregular migration and with refugee populations from elsewhere; since the largest of the resettlement countries is the US; and since none of these countries wants to invite more headaches, there’s not a chance in hell that any of them is going to volunteer to resettle a significant number of fractious Palestinians.


      As for vox, I think you just made a mindless assumption about the reasons I called Future’s effort yesterday “trolling.”  I may have been mistaken in my assessment of his intent in making that comment, but I understood and disagreed with its contents for reasons which were informed, rational and unscripted by others.

    • iansand says:

      03:31pm | 18/09/12

      marley - I think you may have something there.  Put the Palestinians on Christmas Island and let them deal with the boat people.  Genius!!

    • TheRealDave says:

      03:41pm | 18/09/12

      The funny part is that the ‘Palestinians’ were infact given a homeland…infact it was 75% of the original British mandate and included everythign east of the Jordan…which is why it was called Transjordan….the remaining 25% west of the Jordan was given to the Jews. Then that 25% had another chunk taken out of it creating the West bank and Gaza Strip as another ‘Homeland for more Palestinians’ but suprise suprise the Gaza Strip was annex by Egypt instead and the West Bank by Jordan…..leaving about 12% for the Jews.

      There was never eally an issue about a ‘homeland for Palestinians’ till after the arse kicking of 67 and the realsiation by Israel’s neighbours they would never be able to militarily defeat Israel.

      Maybe they could ask Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria back for their Homeland as well??

    • TimB says:

      03:54pm | 18/09/12

      “As for vox, I think you just made a mindless assumption about the reasons I called Future’s effort yesterday “trolling.”

      Mindless assumptions are par for the course for Voxxy McHolden. For some reason he seemed to think myself and/or Dash were involved too.

      This is what happens when instead of taking the time to do some basic fact checking, one instead blurts out a post full of gibberish. Fun activity for those inclined to try it: Attempt to follow a train of thought in any one of Vox’s posts. An epic journey without a specific destination.

    • The Future says:

      05:11pm | 18/09/12

      @Marley,

      Besides the facts the US will do almost anything for Israel and that Australia will do almost anything the US asks, I don’t have a problem with accepting refugees from anywhere as long as it is within our refugee intake and they don’t bring their past problems with them when they come to Australia.  This has not always been the case in the past as seen over the weekend and maybe it is something we need to tighten up on as part of the refugee selection process. 

      As for a deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians, that is largely between them, even if I feel the population problem in the West Bank and Gaza has been engineered to some degree it doesn’t change the problem or the serious outcomes if it is not addressed.  The only condition I would ask Australia to put on it if we are to accept Palestinian refugees, would be that it must be a genuine and lasting peace deal as I wouldn’t be interested in taking a whole lot of refugees from the conflict only to have the problems repeated in a few decades.

      There is of course the problem that you point out that there is already a huge demand for resettlement in countries like Australia, Canada and the US from other conflict zones around the world.  Why should we resettle refugees from Palestine over others?  And in the near future with global water and food shortages it is highly likely that there will be a lot, lot more people seeking immigration to and resettlement in Australia, Canada and the US.  In this we must recognise that our ability to resettle is limited.

      As I said in my previous post yesterday, I feel this is something that is coming at us, it is something we will have little say or choice in and it is something we need to start to get our heads around.

    • The Future says:

      06:09pm | 18/09/12

      @simon,

      Why would the Australian Jewish lobby be against a deal like this.  Wouldn’t Mr Netanyahu be getting his bit of paper recognising Israels right to exist from the Palestinians and getting an Israel with a Jewish majority that included the West Bank to boot. It would be a deal made in heaven to them.

      As for Australia I think, like the Palestinians, wrist slitting aside we will be presented with a Hobson’s choice as to whether we will take Palestinian refugees or not.  And I don’t think for a moment that this is part of some Jewish conspiracy, other than to state the plain obvious fact that the shadowy people who ultimately control the world all support the Jewish cause.

      Its the type of deal that would be win-win all round except for middle and poorer Australians who will bear the brunt if we get a large bunch of unhappy Palestinian refugees.  Unfortunately I don’t expect this to be a serious consideration high on the list of anybody at the negotiating table if a deal like this is cut.

      And as a final foot note the Greens will get their opportunity to patch up their rift with the Australian Jewish community as the Greens will throw their whole hearted support behind any deal which sees Australia accepting lots of people who can be classified as refugees, regardless of how needy they are or how unhappy they are with Australia. It’s the type of deal which their latte sipping constituency just loves.

    • marley says:

      07:22pm | 18/09/12

      @Future - I think I can say with some degree of certainty, that neither Canada, the US nor Australia want an influx of several million Palestinians. 

      In fact, they don’t want an influx of several million of any type of refugee.  Refugees are expensive.  We have limited ability to service their needs without disadvantaging the existing population.  Canada has been struggling to cope with 45,000 or so refugees a year.  Australia has managed smaller numbers, but is not in a position to start dealing with exponential increases.  Nor is the US. 

      Further, Arab immigration is already an issue in all three countries.  Bringing in a group which would obviously be high-risk in almost any category you could name, is not going to be saleable to the general public.  It would be political suicide for any government that attempted it.

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      12:30pm | 18/09/12

      I’m over this media saturation of the ‘riots’, how much can be said about it that hasn’t already been said.

      Makes the Punch a bit pointless today.

    • Rose says:

      01:17pm | 18/09/12

      How bad were they in actual fact, when compared to other demonstrations in Australia that have gotten out of control. There have been many out of control demonstrations over the years with few if any Muslim participants which have looked a hell of a lot worse than that one on the weekend.
      Not that that justifies anything that happened on the weekend, it’s just that the response seems a bit out of proportion in comparison to those after other similar displays of stupidity from a gang of thugs.

    • Inky says:

      01:34pm | 18/09/12

      Ah, but we need to post that one picture again, you know the one.

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      01:39pm | 18/09/12

      Its what I was saying yesterday. Compare it to most union or student protests it was a nothing event, just the message and signs made it worse than what it was.

      I just feel sorry for the Muslims who everyday have to grovel at our feet apologising and the 6 or so articles we have had on the Punch about it.

    • Tim says:

      03:04pm | 18/09/12

      Simon,
      how much news coverage did the Cronulla riots get?

      We were hearing about it for months/years and how we’re all racist bogans because of a tiny minority of tools. It’s par for the course.

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      05:31pm | 18/09/12

      Tim

      When the punch did cronulla riots I said the same thing. Just over both issues.

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      01:46pm | 18/09/12

      How good was it!..LOL

      He has always looked as fake as fake could be and no its been outed.

    • The Badger says:

      01:53pm | 18/09/12

      Mitt mitt mitt indeed.

      Saw a great poster with Sarah Palin on it.
      It said:
      “McCain had a choice between me and Romney… he picked me”

      Just think about that…

    • Bye Bye Tony says:

      02:20pm | 18/09/12

      It appears that their Mitt has the same problem as our Tony…keeping a sock in it!

      Great poster Badger…smile.

    • fml says:

      02:46pm | 18/09/12

      I am sick and tired of being labelled a muslim apologist!

      I am going to go out there and eat all the bacon and drink all the beer I can, just to show you lot the truth!

      It doesn’t bother me if I have to spend the rest of my life in this endeavor!

      Bring it.

    • nihonin says:

      06:44pm | 18/09/12

      Bacon and Peanut Butter sandwiches fml, highly recommend them.

    • fml says:

      02:53pm | 18/09/12

      I just realised, why was there no riots in response to the film the dictator?

      That film was 4 jihad’s out of 5!

    • SimpleSimon says:

      03:52pm | 18/09/12

      LOL “4 jihad’s out of 5” classic.

    • Shane From Melbourne says:

      03:57pm | 18/09/12

      Because Sacha Baron Cohen can’t act…....

    • Fed Up says:

      03:32pm | 18/09/12

      Getting bored with Fed Labor crusading against QLD and NSW cut backs blaming the Libs.
      Anyone with half a brain would realise its Labors fault.
      High electricity prices in NSW…Labors fault
      High cost of living in NSW…Labors fault
      Lack of infrastructure in NSW…Labors fault
      Inadequate health and education…Labors fault

    • TheRealDave says:

      05:19pm | 18/09/12

      I believe the usual Statute of Limitations for blaming the previous government is 1 year after you take office…..unless you are a Limited News outlet and then its 5 minutes after Kevin Rudd was sworn into office…...

    • Inky says:

      07:00pm | 18/09/12

      I didn’t get what I wanted for my birthday…Labor’s Fault
      I got stuck in a red light…Labor’s fault
      I stubbed my toe on the coffee table…Labor’s fault

      The list just goes on and on…

    • pa_kelvin says:

      04:18pm | 18/09/12

      Tried 3D glasse’s on that picture of the kid…...looks even wierder….. smile

 

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