Sunday, July 29, 2007

Mangy Lions and Customer Service

Just back from holidays, having spent a nice couple of weeks travelling through Sumatera. Pretty countryside although a bit over the top religion wise (why is it that so many people are concerned where I will be spending the afterlife? Perhaps they want me to save them a seat?)

It was great to be able to sample fresh vegetables and fruit, high in the mountains sucking fresh air as well. More on that later.

On the downside, we flew “Lying Air” who managed to achieve the enviable record on being late on all six flights (and we are not talking minutes here) and managed to stuff up a ticket rebooking.

It is never a good plan (or polite) to abuse the poor staff behind the counter. Keeping our collective cools, we requested to speak to the manager but despite two appointments (which involved separate trips across town) to see the local Lying Manager (in the time honoured tradition of useless and cowardly twits) he managed to ensure he was not in the office nor could he return phone calls (Although he could return calls to his staff?!).

Not to worry, next holiday, we will search out some place where the concept of customer service has considered as a concept and most importantly we don’t need the mange ridden cats planes to get there. Maybe this one........

P.S. Why is it planes at Jakarta Airport seem unable to access the terminal bridges leaving passengers to wander all over the tarmac?

Friday, July 13, 2007

Global Warming Nazis

Let me be clear, I detest those amongst us who pollute and destroy the environment with no concern for anything else but their own pockets. Perfect examples of such human parasites are those companies responsible (yet again) for the fires in Sumatera.

Those burn offs are particularly obnoxious as they, in the main are set by companies clearing land for those ecological deserts that are palm oil plantations. A Palm Oil plantation provides little in the way of benefits to the local people with the exception of extremely low paying jobs with abysmal working conditions coupled with complete destruction of the natural environment. I challenge anyone to demonstrate where the local people are better off after the introduction of a Palm Oil plantation in their region. Of course, some absentee “business” owner gets obscenely rich (but then you would want a lot of money to compensate for being totally morally bankrupt).

Now I have got that off my chest, just because I am a supporter of the environment doesn’t mean I have to swallow “hook, line and sinker” the latest “chicken little” fad from the Green Nazi’s. More commonly known as The Great Global Warming Swindle, this Cult of Impending Disaster has a dogma that makes traditional religions look like veritable free for alls. Any challenge of the Cult's “facts” results in swift and complete retribution along the lines of a green fatwah or Catholic excommunication.

Like all cults, they do provide some grim amusement at times. Check out this response to a documentary that had the audacity to suggest the cult was not the one real church.

“Critics say the documentary damages the credibility of science because no scientist can make definitive claims about what will happen in the future.”

Huh? Excuse me, isn’t that exactly what the green cultists are saying. Bugger me they even have the ocean sea levels rising down to the millimeter.

"Anybody who tells you they know what is going to happen 20 years from now, 100 years from now, is not a good scientist,".

Best the spokesman tell the authors of the “Stern Report” there is about a 1000 of them who are doing exactly that!

Maybe the cultists are right, maybe be the religious fanatics are right but surely there is room for questions or as the man said

“(People are)being told that the theory of man-made global warming is proved beyond doubt - but they are being told a lie.”
Which is a good point, I have always found it wise that when someone starts a sentence with “Honestly” or “Its beyond Doubt” it’s a good time to check your wallet.

Oh and by the way, for those that wish to reduce their carbon footprint, feel free to send me $600 and I will plant some trees to off set your guilt...Honestly.

Disclosure: The picture is from last year, I saved it because the government promised...Without a doubt they would fix the problem before this year's burn off season...Honestly....

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Reglious Nutters

If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a (self proclaimed god botherer) whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul. ~Isaac Asimov, I. Asimov: A Memoir

One thing you can count on with religious nutters there is no stopping them trying to push their beliefs onto you for your own good..even if it kills you.

As a rule a humour-less lot, but it should not stop the rest of us…

Just to be balanced, lest someone accuse me of picking on just one section of fundamentalist nutters, It was reported today in an “The Australian Newspaper”

“The Vatican has described the Protestant and Orthodox faiths as "not proper Churches" in a document issued with the full authority of the Pope.
Anglican leaders reacted with dismay, accusing the Roman Catholic Church of paradoxical behaviour. They said that the new 16-page document outling the “defects” of non-Catholic churches constituted a major obstacle to ecumenism”

An another huge religious leap forward in tolerance of others. Is there like one central cess-pool of intolerance that nutters all go to drink from?

It really is enough to drive a man to Atheism but the holidays suck, I guess I will stick to my own personal belief system about God “I will give Him the benefit of the doubt and He should return the favour”.

I still think its ok and probably a good thing to believe in God, but you should seriously question the sanity of those that claim to work for him.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Hypocratic Oath

“But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm”

Part of the Hippocratic Oath, I guess some people (?) must have cut that class, still I guess at least one person is hoping that those treating him paid more attention to the Oath than he did.

Well that’s it, not around for awhile why? Who cares not me. Whatever? Perhaps I am taking Vice Prez Special K's advice, smoke some rope, take advantage of the Indonesian "Arab tourist plan" and "rent a wife" until it time to go home..then again maybe not maybe I am still sane.

So I would ask that someone else take care of my Troll. Don’t be too hard on it as it does have significant disadvantage, this not being its home planet (of course that does not explain the broken nose).

Have fun and remember the following:

It’s not Garuda’s fault the EU just does not understand us.

Nuclear Power is not dangerous just ask the Japanese, Russians or Americans.

It’s unreasonable to expect the minister for people’s welfare to visit Surabaya.

George B… Will ya finish one fight before you start another

John H….Good Luck on the master plan, the biggest trouble is not the grog but the loony left

S.... Aagh bugger it…see ya.

One last serious question..Is there Doctor's Review Board in Indonesia, where you can report knuckleheaded, dangerous doctors who prescribe potentially fatal medicine in disregard to the directions on the medicine to Kampung People who know no better.. or is it just the rule of the broken nose again?