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My Favorite Marsupial

Don't mistake that sleepy expression for laziness. He's probably been up all night.

"With absolute precision, details of the wombat's sex life were recorded and, surprisingly, it seemed anything but modest," he says.

"It appeared to be a physically demanding process, complete with chasing, biting, grunting and loads of heavy breathing."


Mr Marks says he hopes his study will solve the sloth-like image problem of the common wombat, making the furry marsupials "the symbol of Australian male sexual virility".

Secret sex life of wombats.


OEDILF is effectively off the air for the moment. The domain name registration service (that maps our domain name to our host's computer) is down. Some people still have access in some parts of the world, but if our DNS doesn't come back on line soon, then all DNS servers around the world will eventually lose our host's address.

Let's hope they sort the problem out soon. The limerick addicts are getting twitchy.

[9+ hours later]
We're back on-line.

War on Christmas?

I'll give 'em War on Christmas. It's time to subvert a carol.

Joy to the world, the warming comes!
Let winter turn to spring;
To future lives let sense be numb,
And climate chaos bring,
And climate chaos bring,
And climate, climate chaos bring.

Joy to the earth, our ice sheets shrink;
Let men old fuels employ
In guzzling tanks that drive to drink,
Replete with big-toy joy,
Replete with big-toy joy,
Replete, replete with big-toy joy.

No more let nerds and boffins crow,
Nor greens our gains constrain;
These dreary dorks don't have the dough
To push a press campaign,
To push a press campaign,
To push, to push a press campaign.

We rule the world with graft and guile;
All problems we deny;
And by the time we go to trial
Your whistleblower's shy;
No doubt you wonder why;
You see, our corporation's rules apply.

Original Sin?

Lovely limbo for the little losers:

According to Italian media reports on Tuesday, an international theological commission will advise Pope Benedict to eliminate the teaching about limbo from the Catholic catechism.

The Catholic Church teaches that babies who die before they can be baptized go to limbo, whose name comes from the Latin for "border" or "edge," because they deserve neither heaven nor hell.

Last October, seven months before he died, Pope John Paul asked the commission to come up with "a more coherent and enlightened way" of describing the fate of such innocents.

Hey! Slow down there. Infants "innocent"? If they ain't tainted, they're pseudo-sainted—free pass to the laughter hereafter. I've yet to hear of any coherent way to describe the fate of babies in terms of the Christian afterlife. There is no transition point in any person's life when they change from a reactive aggregation of cells to a sentient being, able to take responsibility for their decisions. Growing up is a gradual process.

Changing religious stories to be "more coherent and enlightened" is a marketing exercise. Should the devoted believers accept a new spin? How will it sound?
"We didn't know enough before, but now we've studied the scriptures much betterer, and thought about it with some truly excellent communion wine. This new improved doctrinal statement has 73% more Truth. Guaranteed!"

The advice to Benedict is much more savvy. Eliminate the teaching on limbo. If you don't mention it, most of the sheep will miss the fact that there are inexplicable contradictions in the heaven/hell stories when applied to babies.

Yeah, I know. Catholic church + dogma = easy target. Just tell me when any of the major world religions will be honest enough to admit that they haven't got a clue about life beyond death?

HereEndethTheBemusedRant. RAmen.

"it corrupts the society that tolerates it"

How is it possible, in the twenty-first century, for Cheney to justify a pro-torture stance?

Quis custodiet?

Who can we trust to cure this modern world of "rampant copyright violation"?

Sony, that's who!

And how will they do it?

  1. By infecting all the CDs they produce with malware that installs itself on your computer, cloaks itself, provides vulnerabilities for other malicious programs to exploit on your machine, and disables your operating system if antivirus software is used to remove it.
  2. When eventually forced to act because of the public outcry, providing a tool to remove their noxious malware from your computer, which itself installs a component that is even more of a security threat than the initial installation.
  3. By breaching copyright themselves. Yes. Their DRM enforcer program contains uncredited sections of copied software. And for an extra dollop of irony, it was ripped off from a program written by DVD Jon.
  4. By denying that they have any problems.

It must be time to go out and buy some Sony CDs now. Mmmm! Yummy new vulnerabilities for my computer.

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