“There are numerous NGOs that work with Australian Aborigines, who have claimed back large portions of land in Kakadu and the Torres Strait etc, in order to improve their health and education statistics. I hear that it is much worse on these tiny reservations the US government has corraled its native people onto. You have no idea of modern Australian life - we are in touch with a global world, and most of us find the US ridiculous because for one thing, their citizens' constant ability to make sweeping generalisations about people and places they don't know. I think you are very behind in civil behaviour and I doubt anyone finds you cute or clever.”
lakat on May 28, 2013 at 15:15:09
“Think what you like, you won't find me defending my country and its record on race relations but Australia? Sorry honey, you just can't see it because you are too close. It's fine with me because as far as I'm concerned, your country/island/continent is relatively isolated and I will never be going there. Good for both of us, huh.”
Holly61 on May 28, 2013 at 04:12:51
“Lets not get into the gun ownership thing either huh... If you don't like Australia - although you've probably never visited - you are cordially invited to stay away...”
“? This makes no sense at all. I truly believe you don't understand what the insult's connotations mean for the Australian Aboriginal people.”
Javahead Johnson on May 27, 2013 at 08:54:50
“I thought it was a bigoted remark refering to his race, or heritage. The actual term if I spell it out is so bad as it be "auto-deleated" by the system. I grant that you may be correct, and I do not understand. It was my impression though, that bigots are everywhere, and this was an example of that.”
“Not necessarily. Could have easily been with friends, cousins, etc the same age or older. And even if she was with her parents, parents can easily be racist too and probably either were put on the spot or followed after because they didn't want to be seen and embarrassed on camera.”
“It's a teacher's job to teach, not to bear the responsibility of being an armed guard. It's a huge and unfair responsibility to place on them and fair enough for you to say they should do it if you're not a teacher. Looks like you've really thought this one through - not.”
“@mkwrblwsk: The USA is definitely not #1. Does saying something make it true? Does saying that I am #1 make it true? I hope so. I have freedom of speech too.
Unlike the USA, a large portion of me is not obese and I don't encourage guns in schools. And unlike you, I can spell.”
mkwrblwsk on May 12, 2013 at 07:46:26
“I don't understand your reply and i don't know what i spee;lleded wrong?
I thought i made myself clear enough for you "i said gives you that right what part didn't you understand?
By the way i'm 6"1" weigh 186 lbs. LOL!”
“Firstly, the parents were the only parents the boy ever had. And secondly, parents are not 100% solely responsible for their children's mental health, as you seem to be suggesting. There are innumerable other factors like genetic disposition, life experiences etc. Having the best parents in the world will not 'save' every child and to think so is foolish and naïve.”
BlackAngusYoung on Nov 27, 2013 at 22:43:55
“Well, he probably had biological parents who created him... but that's just a guess. Of course, if they didn't raise him they can't really be called "parents." I should have referred to them as breeders.
I guess I'm just imagining them as holier-than-though self-centered creeps. I don't know why, but that's the impression I got. (Comments section didn't help. lol)
Also, I've noticed that I've never met a troubled child whose parents weren't infinitely harder to be around. Some people would label Adam Lanza's mother as a perfect parent, too. It's hard to see what I'm talking about if you see adults as superior beings. I tend to see things from a child's point-of-view (well, not like i'm crawling all the time... but you know what I mean.) My first instinct when reading this story was to side with the kid because kids usually seem to be in the right. Adults have too many ulterior motives.
Not sure about this case, but maybe that explains where my comment came from. Thanks for the reply.”
“It is Australia. We only have two seasons. Hot by October and cold by May, unless you live in the north in which case you'll never get the cold. It was summer by the first week of September here.
You're probably not used to that, but that's why the fires have started earlier this year.”
Reason4 on Oct 24, 2013 at 17:20:29
“Nonsense, I have lived in Australia so I do know what I am talking about.
The only parts than only have two seasons are in the north (wet and dry). the south (including the area affected by these fires) has four seasons (I used to love the jacarandas in the Sydney spring).
" ...that's why the fires have started earlier this year."
Ah well now you are getting somewhere. Something has changed despite what your new Prime Minister says (he should actually listen to a few old time fire fighters rather than show boating with them) to make it much more likely that the fire season starts earlier. Australia has broken all time records for the hottest 12 month period recorded in August and broke that again in September ... maybe global warming will bring the change you already accept is here.”
“So what I gathered from that is that women are not allowed to earn equal wage or more than men, despite skills, intellect or ability. Yes. And suffrage surely led to the breakdown of society, and definitely not towards the opportunity for our women to be educated and make a difference. I know more stupid men than smart and I know more intelligent women than stupid. Maybe because they appreciate what they have and constantly have to put up with males of an intellect far beneath theirs telling them to get in the kitchen and make them a sandwich because it's all a great joke, contributing to an overall huge sexist culture machine.”
The Realist Idealist on Jun 1, 2013 at 01:47:40
“These men are excellent examples as to what is truly wrong with American culture.”
May 21, 2013 at 14:44:15
“I'm sorry, but volume alone does not equal a poet's prolific standing. There is no way that Bradburne is more prolific than Shakespeare by means of simple volume. This is a ridiculous claim. There are myriad other factors to contend with.”
hp blogger Annie Martirosyan on May 21, 2013 at 18:37:10
“Thank you for your comment. The point of comparison is by no means to imply Bradburne was the better of the two - there are certainly other criteria to account for and here Bradburne is paralleled to Shakespeare the Poet only. Even the letters Bradburne sent were mostly in verse and because he dated the poems it is possible to take a close gander at his astonishing productivity in verse. Of course the mere volume of poetry does not determine the quality of the produce but Bradburne indeed produced as much quality as quantity.”
“Third world countries don't have the resources to help themselves. First world countries like America NEED to help them or third world countries will slide off the scale. America helps itself but it needs to help the poor because the poor in other nations because those nations have no way and no access to the type of funds and aid that America can provide in a heartbeat. America has programs and aid to help its own people, and admittedly, it can't help everyone overnight, just like it can't help every third world citizen overnight. But withdrawing aid from third world nations just because Americans are suddenly struggling with the same kind of conditions third world citizens live with every day is to condemn these people and nations to death.”
“Ramen is a luxury every day for millions of people around the world. It's not just Americans who need help.”
torayume on May 19, 2013 at 21:38:56
“Obviously. What burns me is the obliviousness. The idea that it's ONLY around the world - that everyone here is just okie-dokie. People around the world need help, poor people are everywhere, even in Denmark I suppose...but there remains this idea that it's a third world problem EXCLUSIVELY, when clearly it isn't. I was living in the New Orleans area when the hurricane hit. I remember the shock of people reporting - oh my god this is America! Well, had they opened their eyes, those people were there to see the day before Katrina...”