Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Scaring children to death

Robyn Williams, In Conversation with Bill Durodie, 28th September:

"Going back to what you're saying about risk, I was fascinated the other day to hear something on the BBC concerning the fear of paedophiles; occasionally of course, it's a real, real thing that there is a nasty man in a coat and there is a poor vulnerable child. However for every one of those – apparently now that everyone drives their kids to school, there are 300 fatal accidents – so for each one child that you're saving from the paedophile, 300 are dying in car crashes."

I'd love to find a reference for that...

Related: Fear of paedophiles makes children fat and Fear of paedophiles 'a tragedy'.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Things will get better!

Well, maybe that's not all that positive... treehugger post.

Update: on World Changing.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

The Onion: Retired S1Ws Recalled To Active Duty

Too good.

Well put...

An article by Emma Tom on the inconsistent imposition of "Australian values" on different religions.

Nice quote from a post 9-11 article in The Onion:

"Look, I don't know, maybe I haven't made myself completely clear, so for the record, here it is again," God was quoted as saying. "Somehow, people keep coming up with the idea that I want them to kill their neighbour. Well, I don't. And to be honest, I'm really getting sick and tired of it. Get it straight. Not only do I not want anybody to kill anyone, but I specifically commanded you not to, in really simple terms that anybody ought to be able to understand."