March 2009

Apparently Malcolm Turnbull is very concerned that the Government does not have an exit strategy for troops in Afghanistan. I imagine he was wearing his most serious face when made this announcement:

“We support our troops – we always have and we always will. But our troops need to understand, need to be told by our Government, as do the Australian people, exactly what the mission is,” he said.

I realise it was after the government of the day had committed our troops to Afghanistan, but when he entered Parliament Malcolm  joined the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

Surely this august body would have enlightened him as to our exact mission in Afghanistan? Or has there been some radical change in our defence policy since then which I have completely missed?


If the people who wrote the Bible knew what God was really doing, shouldn’t it have looked more like this?

genesis 1

1In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.

3Then God said, “Let there be electromagnetic radiation”: and there was electromagnetic radiation. And the electromagnetic radiation exhibited the properties of both waves and particles at the same time. And God called one frequency band of this electromagnetic radiation light. 4And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness by causing the planet to rotate about its axis. 5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

6And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. 8God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

9And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear. And let both the dry land and the land beneath the waters rest upon tectonic plates which shall henceforth move, albeit at an exceedingly slow pace.” And it was so. 10God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11

Then God said, “Let there be life. And let living organisms pass on their characteristics via the medium of chromosomes, so that the earth may put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. 12The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. 13And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

This is still a work in progress. I’m not happy with verses 6 – 8, and of course there’s still a few verses to go. 🙂

Life is full of loneliness and misery and suffering and unhappiness…
and it’s all over much too quickly.
— Woody Allen

Found when researching George Crater.