Australia’s former First Feline, the Rudd’s family’s cat Jasper, has died. The former PM announced the development on his Twitter feed yesterday. A sad start to the weekend.

RIP

But anyway. Here’s six of our top reads this week.

1. For your sanity’s sake Lance, bring on the truth
2. How a little wisdom can get you a long way
3. Dan Piotrowski explored the epidemic that shows why we need more methadone clinics
4. Abortion and logic... Unsurprisingly this sparked a fierce debate.
5. Fight poverty with school lunches, Penbo argued
6. Why handwriting’s more important than ever

And hey - what’s on your mind?

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    • Mouse says:

      04:21am | 27/10/12

      My condolences to the Rudd family, it’s always a sad time when a family pet dies.  Jasper may be gone from the house but he will always be in your memories.    /\  /\
                      ( * o * )  RIP Jasper
                        -

    • pa_kelvin says:

      10:46am | 27/10/12

      Whats with the earmuffs Mouse?? smile

    • Mouse says:

      02:10pm | 27/10/12

      hahaha, believe it or not, it was a cat on my computer!! Looks like he like he got his ears and little mouth realigned.  Poor puddy tat :o(

      Someone had *o*  on here the other day, and they look like earmuffs to me too!  lol   But on my pic they were supposed to be starry eyes. An artist I certainly ain’t!!  lol :o)

    • pa_kelvin says:

      06:39pm | 27/10/12

      I see it now.. *closes one eye ands squints REAL hard with the other* It’s a a ummm cats head?  smile and there I was thinking it was earmuffs…

    • nihonin says:

      05:48am | 27/10/12

      I wonder if the Rudd family had Chinese for dinner last night.  wink

    • Mouse says:

      09:32am | 27/10/12

      nihonin, now that was bad…even for you!!  Lol ;o)

    • Louie the Fly says:

      11:09am | 27/10/12

      OOOOWAHHHHHH   - that’s sooooo naughty!

    • pa_kelvin says:

      12:40pm | 27/10/12

      A little decorum, goes a long way nihonin… smile

    • pa_kelvin says:

      02:25pm | 27/10/12

      And no, ‘decorum’ is not another word for ‘cat’... smile

    • nihonin says:

      07:40am | 28/10/12

      Decorum…..........me…..........just wet my pants laughing…..........damn you, pa_klevin.  wink

    • Gregg says:

      06:10am | 27/10/12

      You do get rather attached to your furry friends, especially ones you have known for some time and perhaps even more so than some people that you have known.
      Like I imagine Jasper has for a couple of years been considered as a friend far more so than another by name of Julia.

      And then is it a misogynist the Polizia de Stato have now brought to heel, good old Silvio Berlusconi having been sentenced to four years, subject to appeal and that’s not even for charges relating to frolicking or whatever with under age women.
      It seemed in some international meets that even Obama was rather fond of the party boy but I’d think he’d be distancing himself now especially in election mode.
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-27/berlusconi-sentenced-to-four-years-in-jail/4336832

      And then in NY all women can sleep more easily knowing Gilberto will likely not be getting to close to love/hate affairs with women and roast dinners.
      Gilberto was also one of NYs supposedly finest!
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-26/policeman-plotted-to-kidnap-roast-and-eat-women/4334952

      It could only ever happen in America they say but we could also ass Italy and even Australia to that I suppose, at least with the cops after bad politicians.

    • sunny says:

      02:16pm | 27/10/12

      Berlusconi showed what an arrogant pig he really is when he kept Angela Merkel waiting at a NATO function while he chatted on his mobile. Merkel reminds me of one of my aunties - my aunty would have knocked the little weasel out if he pulled that trick on her!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5B3r7Py2h4

    • Gregg says:

      10:59am | 28/10/12

      No arguments with me on Bersculoni sunny and just a late reply for last weekends punch that was closed on Sunday.

      I think you said something about me being on the other team which no doubt I appear to be often enough, just hating to see any incompetence in government and even Tony needs to make a few changes I can agree.
      I do even swing with voting or have done when younger re issues, last one like Iraq for instance.

      Don’t let the politics bother you though when it comes to donating blood as it’s all good, mine actually going out and back in and they extract plasma from it whilst it’s out of me, you able to do it more often, as frequently as once a fortnight and so why I’m coming up for that century.
      Thanks for the compliment last weekend and enjoy the rest of this one.

    • sunny says:

      06:10pm | 28/10/12

      Haha yeah I agree with you there we all bleed the red stuff no matter what political party we follow, not sure why I even brought that (political affiliation) up. I intended to get down there last week but for one reason or another (disdain of breakfast being one) I haven’t yet -but am determined to donate some of my strawberry sauce sooner rather than later. And again you’re the inspiration to do this big fella, all the best.

    • Mik says:

      06:44am | 27/10/12

      Various leaders at some time or another have opined that their only friend left was their pet. Great art work - the Rudds would probably appreciate a copy.

    • Louie the Fly says:

      11:11am | 27/10/12

      Actually Mik I’ve heard a lot of surgeons say their only friend is the family pet.  They come home from a huge and stressful day operating and the only one at the front door happy to see them home is the dog.

    • stephen says:

      04:09pm | 27/10/12

      Sounds like my place Louie, ‘cept I don’t have a pet.

    • Terry2 says:

      07:48am | 27/10/12

      I recently had my first encounter with the online shopping phenomenon of ‘geo-blocking’ where you identify an item that you want to buy online,usually at a much better price than available locally, finally get to the virtual checkout only to be told that suppy is not available in Australia.
      I was buying a tablet device and decided to avoid the geo-block by having it delivered to my brother-in-law in San Francisco who mailed it on; there was California GST to pay (but not Australian as it was below $1000) but even so $80 cheaper than here. I have also found, businesses in the USA who will , for a fee, receive your goods and send them on: shipito.com is but one.
      I would be interested to hear of other experiences punchers may have had in this digital marketplace

    • Gregg says:

      09:31am | 27/10/12

      I’ve bought a few things online locally and sometimes the quality leaves a bit to be desired but delivery and even follow-up in most cases has usually been pretty good.
      The missus with a penchant for belly dancing and tropical fish in tanks buys a bit of everything online at times and costs for some things are amazing not so much for cost alone but especially out of Honkers, postage included.

      They must have cheap aircraft fuel or whatever over there for something like a small tank pump she’ll get for just $12 and that includes the postage, it being more the convenience than price without having a supplier too local.

    • seniorcynic says:

      10:40am | 27/10/12

      Personally I would have paid the extra $80 as I would have a valid warranty and also the power pack would plug into our power points. I buy ebooks and have found Amazon block many titles for Aussies. Strange as I buy from Kobo (Canadian company) without such restrictions.

    • Nikki says:

      10:41am | 27/10/12

      Nike Australia has a fraction of the range of styles and colours available in other countries such as USA and UK, and when I tried to purchase a pair from Nike USA and Nike UK they wouldn’t deliver to Aus. I emailed asking how I could get these particular shoes in Aus, they said to contact Nike Aus, who said they couldn’t get them here. Well duhhh. So I waited and bought them from Niketown when I was in London a couple of months ago. Sadly it’s pretty common that Australian bricks and mortar shops offer an inferior range and that’s why we shop online, I didn’t discover the shipto website until recently but will consider using them in future. Or having things delivered to the in-laws to bring on their next visit.

    • TheRealDave says:

      05:31pm | 27/10/12

      I did an Eastbay order for around $500 inc shipping and it was delivered to the door within 4 working days. You can’t beat that service.

    • marley says:

      06:25pm | 27/10/12

      I’ve run across this on software and cameras (not that I’m a big buyer) and a few other things. My sister in Canada becomes my addressee, I pay Canadian tax, and after you add the postal costs from her to me, it still works out substantially cheaper. 

      Oh, and for most electronic stuff, it works on 110/240v//50-60 hz so all you really need is a $5 adaptor plug to fit our sockets.

    • Gregg says:

      11:04am | 28/10/12

      @marley
      ” Oh, and for most electronic stuff, it works on 110/240v//50-60 hz so all you really need is a $5 adaptor plug to fit our sockets.”
      Instead of buying adaptor plugs you can also see if you can just get a new lead with our power point plug if the equipment is of the type that the unit end unplugs which a lot do.
      You might even find you have a box of old leads about somewhere and find one that fits.

    • JTZ says:

      08:00am | 27/10/12

      Yesterday we had the current head of the Australian Army come out state that further budger cuts to the defence budget will put our troopers at risk yet not one article on the punch in regards to this issue.

    • thomas vesely says:

      10:15am | 27/10/12

      did you believe him ?
      have you ever heard the head of anything say,
      “we have ample funds”.......... to appear to be busy or usefull.
      when howard got the guns and did NOT place them in “citizens armouries”
      i knew that we were not serious, just playing soldjers…
      if we are ever invaded, cached weapons will prevail, or would, if were..

    • Ben says:

      11:05am | 27/10/12

      >>Yesterday we had the current head of the Australian Army come out state that further budger cuts to the defence budget will put our troopers at risk yet not one article on the punch in regards to this issue.

      Yes JTZ, but there are far more important things we need to consider in respect to the Army. For instance, did you know that of the 90 or so Australians who have been awarded the Victoria Cross, none of them was a woman? The Government must immediately appoint the Sex Discrimination to inquire whether misogyny is a factor.

    • tez says:

      01:25pm | 27/10/12

      Another building company gone into admin this week this is not good

    • thomas vesely says:

      02:19pm | 27/10/12

      going on uncle sam’s excursions will put out troops at risk.

    • aa says:

      04:15pm | 27/10/12

      tez

      Building companies go broke all the time usually with a lot of other people money squirreled away.
      Then they pop up as another entity and rip off a new lot of customers.
      This is never good.
      Nobody seems to care but the people who have been ripped off.

    • nihonin says:

      07:45am | 28/10/12

      thomas vesley, you must be a relative of acotrel, or you both share the same points page. wink

    • Mouse says:

      02:18pm | 27/10/12

      He seems to have the same attitude as you pa_kelvin and, yes, it is inspiring!  :o)

    • pa_kelvin says:

      05:28pm | 27/10/12

      Mouse….Maybe the same attitude, but I have trouble running let alone a half marathon….. Which leads to the question…Why run if no-one is chasing you??  smile

    • nihonin says:

      07:57am | 28/10/12

      pa_kelvin, I find my shadow is always chasing me, no matter how fast I run, it’s still there.  I think it’s also a trained Ninjutsu exponent, as it seems to disappear when I go into dark areas, but as soon as I’m back in lighted areas or outside in the sun, it’s there…................waiting. wink

    • Mouse says:

      09:10am | 28/10/12

      OMG! The ninjas are back!!!!  LOL :oD
      nihonin, does running in wet pants chaff the thighs?  hehehehehe

    • nihonin says:

      12:55pm | 28/10/12

      Only if you run in pants Mouse, especially if they’re wet.  wink

    • pa_kelvin says:

      02:49pm | 28/10/12

      I hope you leave your Ninja Sword at home nihonin, those things can be dangerous when running… smile

    • pa_kelvin says:

      03:05pm | 28/10/12

      I forgot to ask nihonin. When you typed your comment were your fingers in sync with what you were typing?? smile

    • Karen from Qld says:

      11:57am | 27/10/12

      Another great read - Maxine McKew’s book - is due to come out on Monday. Monday is also the eve of Halloween. I wonder if the publicity around the “Ditch the Witch” sign had any influence over the release date????????

    • ghostrider says:

      02:00pm | 27/10/12

      Anything to distract from Abbott’s blunders.
      Whack an Abbot the most popular new game coming out for Christmas.
      No doubt Abbott is toast, gone by Christmas.

    • pa_kelvin says:

      02:08pm | 27/10/12

      My Prostate cancer was picked up by a simple PSA blood test, before any rectal exam or Biopsy was performed… Who in their right mind would perform a biopsy without prior blood tests…Idiots.. They only perform a Biopsy to confirm early diognosis, what next ,“no biopsy for that lump in your breast Madam ,the risk of infection is to great”.. Idiots…

    • pa_kelvin says:

      02:12pm | 27/10/12

      And no ‘nooky’ for a few days before the blood test as this can give a false positive reading…

    • Anjuli says:

      12:20pm | 27/10/12

      Rudd’s twitter comment is in a small corner of my Saturdays West , I could not believe a grown man would even broadcast the fact ,let alone a past prime minister.

    • Reg Whiteman says:

      03:08pm | 28/10/12

      My dear old Labrador died on Wednesday at nearly 14. My kids, grand-kids and myself have been crying bucket loads and keeping the kleenex company in business mopping up our tears.

      Maybe it’s a reflection on me, but I have cried a lot more and suffered more profound grief when my Labradors have died than when any of my human realtives passed on. They’re not called “mans best friend” for nothing.

      Frederick the Great was right when he said, “The more I know of men, the more I like dogs.”

    • the moor says:

      12:22pm | 27/10/12

      Politics is ruthless and whether Gillard did or did not undermine Rudd is as irrelevant as whether Abbott did or did not undermine Nelson and Turnbull.  What is known though is that Gillard’s accession to the leadership was far more emphatic than Abbott’s and the Liberal constant harping on about the legitimacy of Gillard’s leadership is just mischief making. 

      Their constant focus on trying to destabilise the Labor Party by innuendo and misinformation does not reflect well on them at all.  Are they really so shallow that that is all that they can come up with?  If they are so confident about becoming the next government why aren’t they preparing themselves for it?  Where is the vision and what are the policies?

    • Mouse says:

      02:43pm | 27/10/12

      The difference being, of course, is that Abbott went to 2 separate ballots with the Liberal members and was elected by them to be the Liberal leader, whereas gillard “decided” that night and then told the Labor members the next morning.
      Can you see a difference here, themoor? 
      “the Liberal constant harping on about the legitimacy of Gillard’s leadership is just mischief making. ”  That’s what opposition parties do, they undermine and try to destabilise, and is the same as Labor did when they were in opposition.

      The Liberals are in opposition and you can be pretty well assured that they will be ready when the next election comes. Policies will be forth coming a few weeks before the said election, just like every opposition has done before every election so far. What is the big thing about the Libs showing you what they have now? It is all irrelevant as none of their “vision” and policies can be implemented by them now anyway. Why don’t you just worry about what the current government is doing and leave the other stuff until it comes time to matter.

    • willie says:

      03:40pm | 27/10/12

      If its irrelevant why doesn’t Gillard tell everyone what happened. I couldn’t give a shit if its her or Rudd in charge. I just don’t like Gillard lying to me.

    • TheRealDave says:

      05:36pm | 27/10/12

      and Gillard has twice been elected by the majority of Labor members is different how Mouse??

      Oh thats right, its not…..

    • nihonin says:

      08:05am | 28/10/12

      Who has more right to be leader of either party, they were both elected to their positions, they both have as much right as each other.

    • Mouse says:

      09:16am | 28/10/12

      ....but then I suppose TRD when Abbott went to ballot he was in the opposition party and didn’t oust the current PM. gillard decided that Rudd had to go and she would take his place. That was not done on a Labor memeber ballot.  That is the difference.

    • Gregg says:

      11:08am | 28/10/12

      @the moor
      ” Their constant focus on trying to destabilise the Labor Party by innuendo and misinformation does not reflect well on them at all.  Are they really so shallow that that is all that they can come up with? “

      Labor are doing it themselves and all for the media to dwell on but with what you put, just substitute LNP for Labor Party and you have the smearing against the LNP and Tony Abbott by Labor so aptly described.

    • Robert S McCormick says:

      03:53pm | 27/10/12

      Yes, he got away with it for so long but, surely, the question must be asked:
      “Why did no-one come forward & report what they now say this Savile did whilst he was still alive?”
      Now they are only accusations & no-one will ever know how many of them are factual. I don’t doubt he was a monster but why did his victims allow him to get away with it? They had decades during which time they could have had charges brought against him and the facts laid bare, the proof given in Court & Savile sent where all paedophiles should be sent: To Prison for Life.
      There is something pathetic in raising his crimes now. He will never, ever have to answer for what he undoubtedly did.
      Hopefully now in the UK, & indeed every other country in the world, anyone who has been Sexually Abused by anyone - no matter how high a profile, how big a “celebrity” they are - will go to the Police & do it NOW. If they don’t then they are allowing these monsters to prey on other children & adults & get away with it.
      Is that really what people want? Or do they want Justice?

    • marley says:

      06:28pm | 27/10/12

      @Robert S. - from what I can gather, people did report it while he was alive, but it was swept under the carpet by the BBC, the charities, the hospitals and the cops.

    • A Victim says:

      12:54pm | 28/10/12

      RSMc   Tried posting this last night ,but missed by 2minutes. As some-one that was molested at age 12/13 and never said anything until my mid 40s ,due to shame ,embaresment and whether you will be believed.                I believe that most (not all) people in my situation are the same (the Hey Dad girl as an example) and that due to conflicting emotions you tend to shut down that portion of your thoughts (I explained to my shrink as building boxes) so that you can lead a relitivly normal life. The Ped in my case had spent time in jail for other offences, so confessed when confronted by the police ,which saved me from having the trauma of a court apperance. Who now knows? My wife, and a very small circle of friends.      ‘Why did no-one come forward & report what they now say this Savile did whilst he was still alive?”  Robert, sometimes it just ain’t that easy.        “the proof given in Court & Savile sent where all paedophiles should be sent: To Prison for Life”. I say line them up and shot them. Regards A Victim

    • Rosie says:

      01:53pm | 27/10/12

      Does this mean that the passing of every pet belonging to our politicians the nation gets an obituary piece from our media?

      What next will this Govt expose us to? I am sure we have had it all from the overnight coup in ousting a sitting PM to having our first female PM. The personal attacks on their own colleagues as well as their opponents. The “there will be no carbon tax under the Govt I lead” to now having a carbon tax. The Allan Jones saga which lead to the PM’s speech claiming the Opposition was a sexist and a misogynist. The Australia Day fiasco in which tried to play the racist card on the Opposition leader and so on. The latest being the mining tax - something I find incredibly unbelievable for a so called bunch of intelligent politicians to do - negotiate a tax that doesn’t raise any revenue.

      It gets worse because now even a tiny island like Nauru have taken advantage of a desperate Govt. A tiny island that was once the envy of the world because when business was booming it was raking in Aus$100-120 million annually. The small island nation is set to charge $1000 per month on visas for asylum seekers sent there. At full capacity the Nauru Govt will net $90 million over 5 years.

      http://www.atimes.com/oceania/AE26Ah01.html

      small island like Nauru have taken advantage of us - the small island nation is set to charge $1000 per month on visas for asylum seekers sent there. At full capacity the Nauru Govt will net $90 million over 5 years.

    • nihonin says:

      07:51am | 28/10/12

      No you can’t say that pa_kelvin They weren’t given due process, iansand your thoughts please.

    • pa_kelvin says:

      02:16pm | 28/10/12

      No due process given when they threw the crew members overboard. They commited piracy in Sri Lankan waters, so they should, and have been sent straight back….

    • marley says:

      04:12pm | 28/10/12

      @nihonin - if we are to believe Chris Bowen, these men made no claim for asylum.  So, having tried to enter Australia without visas, and not having requested protection, they are illegal migrants, not asylum seekers, and I don’t think there’s any particular “due process” which applies in such a case other than to put them on the next plane back home.

      It would be a different matter if they’d made an asylum claim, of course, though I think the Minister would still have the authority to deport them as being ineligible for refugee status.  But that would certainly require a more comprehensive review than a straight out deport, which is what occurred here (or so it seems to me, anyway)

    • Jenny says:

      02:49pm | 27/10/12

      I miss my cats.  They went away to die, so never saw their bodies.  But they were old and did make time to say good bye to me before they left for wherever it is cats go to die.

    • tez says:

      03:15pm | 27/10/12

      Well you can see with the 6 reads of the week the one that attracted most comments is the one where apparently men are so much wiser than woman particularly on abortion.!!!!

    • Robert S McCormick says:

      03:43pm | 27/10/12

      Just how pathetic can you get? Does anyone really imagine for one tenth of a nano-second that the death of someone’s, admittedly much loved, moggie is of the slightest bit of interest to the world?
      Twitter, Facebook etc. really are pathetic aren’t they? A bit like the people who use them & make such a to-do about how many “friends” they have! No, you don’t. They are not freinds at all but just loking for information they can turn into nasty, vicious gossip against You. Or as happened to me during the couple of weeks I had an account on one of them some male/female creep took against me with my very first comment - a comment in which I actually Agreed with what they said - and for two weeks it did not matter what I said they attacked me. Of course she/he did not have the guts to uses her/his real name. After two weeks of unrelenting abuse (Even God would wonder what I had done to offend this creep who, so far as i know, I had never met or known at some time) I simply cancelled my account.

    • Louise says:

      05:37pm | 27/10/12

      That’s so sad for her - and awful for the men abused/hit/spat on.

      She was lucky they were the type of people they were.

    • Zac says:

      02:02pm | 28/10/12

      It should be an eye opener for the Canberristan feminist gangs and it’s victims where feminism can take other wise beautiful ladies/girls. I’ve to just show this man hating video to my girls to keep them away from this lovely (NOT) ideology called feminism.

      I am quite confident that my girls will grow up to love, honour and respect men! Well, I’ll make sure that is the case.

      In other feminist news - it seems all the corporate boards are dominated by men. LOL!!!!

    • marley says:

      06:10pm | 28/10/12

      @Zac - teach your girls to respect everyone.  That’s what feminism used to be about - respect for everyone, including women.  Equal rights, equal opportunities, equal pay for the same job.  Who’s going to argue with that?  But what feminism has morphed into these days is beyond my comprehension.

    • Dr Masood Falamaki says:

      04:31pm | 27/10/12

      May I have contact email of laurie oakesplease.

    • Gregg says:

      07:17am | 28/10/12

      If you click on his name, you’ll see an email link but please no shaking of the sauce bottle too rudely and certainly no Falamucking around with email bombs.

    • stephen says:

      04:55pm | 27/10/12

      Some adv. agency has to have rocks in their head if they think that flogging Jonny Farnham as a dashboard serenata would work as an inducement to buy a Ford Fiesta.
      The cars may be OK, but you’d have to wonder that if that curmudgeon is all a driver can look forward to, then perhaps a diahastu will do.

      Anyway, here are the prices :
      $17,490. Hyundai Accent.
      $20,000. Holden Cruze.
      $24,244.30. Toyota Corolla.
      $a lot less than a ford.

      $27,490. Ford Hatch.

      All prices drive away, except the Ford ... which, by the way, will be out of Oz within 5 years.
      And Opel, from GM, is the start of the evacuation.

    • nihonin says:

      08:08am | 28/10/12

      I saw the advertisement the other night, I thought it was a strange place to have an air bag at first look…......then I realised it was JF.  wink

    • stephen says:

      06:44pm | 27/10/12

      There was a Muslim holiday recently, and Syria was encouraged by the UN to observe a ceasefire to follow Muslim Law.
      Unfortunately, 146 dead on this day would have made Mohammud very angry.

      Should then, such a prophet be angry at his brethren, and not us ?

    • nihonin says:

      08:12am | 28/10/12

      Ah those crazy Muslims, they know how to throw a great party, the preferred drink…...........Bulleit Bourbon.  wink

    • nihonin says:

      09:12am | 28/10/12

      This woman I met last week says she wants a guy who is ‘funny and spontaneous’.

      Yet when I tapped on the kitchen window uninvited late at night dressed as a clown, it’s all panic and screaming.

    • Mouse says:

      01:06pm | 28/10/12

      A CLOWN?????  You are lucky she only screamed. If you had done that to me you would have got shot! lol
      Honestly nihonin, Clowns are EVIL!! They eat babies, raw. ooooooyuk
      Now if you had dressed up in any kind of uniform (here’s a hint, ladies loooove firemen/soldiers/police, etc) ........ Hmmm, may have been a very different story!  lol ;o)

    • pa_kelvin says:

      02:11pm | 28/10/12

      nihonin…. Maybe it was the wet pants… smile

    • Gregg says:

      02:32pm | 28/10/12

      Goes without saying, it’s all about timing you dick!
      And that’s nothing to do with cycles, moods or headaches
      Three days to go to halloween so get yourself a couple of big orange pumpkins from Woolies and knock on her door next time, buck naked and with one pumpkin on your head, a carving knife, holding the other and a sign saying you do jokes, pokes, standing up if required and very upstanding of course or do you just want to play pumpkins?

    • Chris L says:

      04:03pm | 28/10/12

      She might have thought you were playing Michael Myer, especially this close to Halloween. She was probably just playing along with her role.

    • AJ in Perth says:

      05:46pm | 28/10/12

      mouse

      “Honestly nihonin, Clowns are EVIL!! They eat babies, raw. ooooooyuk”

      Would it be ok (less evil) if they cook the babies first mouse??? :o)

    • nihonin says:

      06:38pm | 28/10/12

      I think pa_kelvin got it and ChrisL as well, Mouse it’s actually a joke I heard years ago, Gregg it would you have no sense of humor at all.  Sucks to be you.

    • Reg Whiteman says:

      02:55pm | 28/10/12

      There is no “Atheist Party”, so don’t try making a connection between the Greens (who worship their own pantheon of gods) and people like me who dismiss all religions as the greatest scam of all time.

      But, if it was published in the Sunday Telegraph, then ipso facto it must be true - because they wouldn’t beat anything up, distort or misrepresent, now would they. Pure as a virgin’s piddle they are at the Tele!

    • Chris L says:

      04:06pm | 28/10/12

      At least they acknowledge they were talking to imaginary beings. Some people have yet to take that important step wink

    • Zac says:

      06:46pm | 28/10/12

      ChrisL,

      The only problem is “aliens” are real to the Atheist Party!! They were not able to physically see the aliens, so they were asked to imagine.

    • Anjuli says:

      11:24am | 28/10/12

      @iansands. If you are referring to me you thought I did not have pets, I assure you ,growing up I had dogs, cats, birds,rabbits and chooks .Was I sorry when one died of course i was ,like most I just got on with life.I would assume like farmers do when one of their favourite dairy cattle dies .

    • Gregg says:

      02:48pm | 28/10/12

      Another white paper and as if we do not have enough toilet paper!

      Of course it has to be on the Asian century and according to Julia, it’s including a suggestion that every Australian school has a Chinese counterpart, learn not just the language but culture too blah, blah, blah.

      Like, it is not as if any company with any interest and drive is not already doing something about expansion or even leaving Australia to set up in Asia somewhere.
      And then of course, we all ought to get degree qualified.

      There was the usual press conference after Jules giving the white paper launch and she was not too keen on talking about the Chines culture re Falung Gong nor other unrelated topics.

      As one commentator stated, if you’re going to be really serious about making inroads into foreign markets, you need to get serious about funding too and her sidekick Wayne ain’t doing too well with balancing the books of late.
      Maybe we’ll just get the Chinese to culturally loan us a few more million$$$.

      Why, why, why to even have a white paper when it’s all just old hat stuff anyway, a number of western nations doing their inroads stuff way back in the nineteenth century when we had the Boxer Revolution, 55 days at Peking being not such a bad movie for an oldie with the likes of David Niven, Gregory Peck and maybe even the old cowboy Wayne was in it, all great for culture too with even a great waterwheel torture scene that’d beat waterboarding any day.

    • stephen says:

      03:40pm | 28/10/12

      How’s Rupe’s Mom ?

 

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