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January 20, 2007 9:56 PM   Subscribe

Sheep and Ostriches Closed brothels. Banned books. Closed minds. Internet censorship. Australia, the land of the free.
posted by altman (30 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
Apart from the one about closed brothels, (which is probably going to shock people more because there's such a thing as a licensed brothel in Australia than because there are unlicensed ones), your point is all about euthanasia?
posted by AmbroseChapel at 10:49 PM on January 20, 2007


We were founded as a convict settlement. Since when has Australia been the land of the free?
posted by kisch mokusch at 10:51 PM on January 20, 2007 [1 favorite]


We have a moralist conservative government, have had for a decade, and a brand-spanking new Christian-right party that the major parties are trying to fellate. Would you expect anything less of us?

Also, what kisch mokusch said.
posted by Jimbob at 10:55 PM on January 20, 2007 [1 favorite]


Christian-right taking over Australia. That in-and-of-itself is hilarious.
posted by Ynoxas at 11:01 PM on January 20, 2007 [1 favorite]


I'm confused. When have we ever claimed to be the land of the free? Ain't that America's schtick?
posted by liquorice at 11:02 PM on January 20, 2007


Yeah, aren't we the land of the sickie?
posted by Jimbob at 11:37 PM on January 20, 2007


To add to the echo... Australia was never any 'land of the free'. That's half the point.

What are ya? Some kind of pinko?
posted by pompomtom at 11:40 PM on January 20, 2007


Weeeell there is that line in the National anthem... "for we are young and free".....
posted by gomichild at 11:50 PM on January 20, 2007


Ain't that America's schtick?

Apparently it's Belize's.
posted by kisch mokusch at 11:55 PM on January 20, 2007


There's also that line in the second verse that goes;

"For those who've come across the seas,
We've boundless plains to share."

I don't think the national anthem sets national policy, gomichild ;)
posted by Jimbob at 11:59 PM on January 20, 2007 [1 favorite]


Good point Jimbob. Pity about that really.
posted by gomichild at 12:04 AM on January 21, 2007


Bring me your tired, your weak, your huddled masses
actually
fuck that
bring me a carton of smokes
and a beer
bitch
posted by tehloki at 1:03 AM on January 21, 2007 [7 favorites]


Definitely the land of the sickie,

And the land of showing up to work with a hangover, and having everyone who walks through the door applaud your night before, not scowl for your inability to make change.

And the land of ordering censored material from a mate in Amsterdam, top fella, spent a week here backpacking, drinks like a local.

Oh! And the land of liqouring up backpackers so they send you interesting censored materials when they get home, provided they remember to send it, or indeed remember your name.

*goes and caresses her pile of banned books*
posted by Jilder at 2:18 AM on January 21, 2007


Well excuuuuse me!

Isn't Euthanasia about freedom?

As for the inhabitants of that down under island, if you're happy with it, then who am I to say different? Enjoy.

Fosters. Brain food for the malnurished.
posted by altman at 3:54 AM on January 21, 2007


Not a lot of Fosters consumed here, mate. We ship it all offshore to places where they don't seem to know the difference between Foster's and actual beer.
posted by flabdablet at 4:01 AM on January 21, 2007 [1 favorite]


/me cracks a Cascade pale ale
posted by flabdablet at 4:02 AM on January 21, 2007


Ew, Fosters. Huge myth, that one.

Also, I don't understand your point. Australia is hardly the only country that doesn't allow euthanasia.
posted by liquorice at 4:04 AM on January 21, 2007


The brothel link is good, though. How does a bloke go about scoring one of them Ku-ring-gai privates investigator gigs?
posted by flabdablet at 4:06 AM on January 21, 2007


And for those who haven't worked this out yet: Philip Ruddock is actually Davros. I can't wait to see the back of that one-eyed, self-righteous, evil prick and his smarmy, unprincipled, dog-whistling boss.
posted by flabdablet at 4:29 AM on January 21, 2007


Fosters. Brain food for the malnurished.

That demanded a repeat. Good show that altman.
posted by peacay at 4:32 AM on January 21, 2007


I'm just waiting for delmoi to point out how "Australia sucks" for the 45th time. He must be asleep.
posted by Wolof at 4:36 AM on January 21, 2007


You've noticed it too, Wolof? Weird that, isn't it. What the hell is with delmoi and Australia?

But, altman. We don't disagree with you. It sucks. But in real terms, some pathetic, unenforceable laws that aim to stop people looking up how to commit suicide on the internets isn't going to make a lick of difference either way. You're concerned about the principle? Fine. We're concerned about the practicality. Or rather, we're not concerned at all, the world keeps on spinning, people old and young continue to top themselves, and we choose instead to concern ourselves with the One Day Series.
posted by Jimbob at 4:47 AM on January 21, 2007


Apparently he worked with some Greek fellow from Melbourne who told him Australians are all racists.

I know I am. Wogs work the cogs.
posted by Wolof at 4:53 AM on January 21, 2007


australia doesn't seem to understand how the internet works, does it?
posted by pyramid termite at 5:54 AM on January 21, 2007


Our present pack of clowns-in-charge doesn't seem to understand how anything works.
posted by flabdablet at 6:00 AM on January 21, 2007


We have someone in charge?!
posted by liquorice at 6:03 AM on January 21, 2007


Yeah. Clowns. Scary ones.
posted by flabdablet at 6:25 AM on January 21, 2007


flabdablet, you're forgetting the antichrist.
posted by kisch mokusch at 6:47 AM on January 21, 2007


kisch mokusch: regarding the antichrist, I think you have the right country, but the wrong icon.
posted by deusdiabolus at 11:54 AM on January 21, 2007


Point taken. It kind of makes sense that the spawn of all things evil would own Fox.
posted by kisch mokusch at 12:34 PM on January 21, 2007


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