Thursday, April 17, 2003
Monday, April 14, 2003
Sunday, April 13, 2003
THE Balinese Government will forbid any "inappropriate" rebuilding on the site of the Sari Club and Paddy's bar, the scene of so much death and anguish last October. Bali's deputy governor, I Gusti Bagus Alit Putra, said his Government would work with the municipal authorities to prevent the owners rebuilding the nightclubs.It is my understanding that part of the reason Paddy's Bar and the Sari Club were bombed is because of the distaste on part of radical Islamists for drinking and debauchery in general (Along with, of course, the chance to kill a lot of Westerners). They see Bali as a kind of modern Sodom and wanted to send a message. What better way to commemorate those who lost their lives by rebuilding the places bigger and better than before? If it were up to me, I'd build the biggest, shiniest, seediest nightclub the world has ever seen in it's place. The people who died in Bali were there for drinking and good times! Just as they will rebuild the World Trade Centre with a new, improved version of the same, let's send a message to those responsible that our way of life will continue despite their violence. Those who died in Bali would be remembered by future generations of Australians visiting the pub built in their memory, and continuing a tradition that someone tried to destroy.
Thursday, April 10, 2003
- Australia chose to play both spinners. (Leaving out Martin Love)
- With Hogg, Bichel and Lee in the side, Gilchrist moves to #6, and either Bichel or Hogg will be #7. In one day matches Australia has chosen Hogg ahead of Bichel, but Bichel's good form should see him get the #7 spot. If he continues to bat well, he becomes what we have lacked since, well forever. A genuine test All-Rounder.
- Bichel has already chipped in with 3 wickets, including Lara. Not a bad start.
- Brett Lee dismissed debutant opener Devon Smith LBW, after it came basically off the middle of the bat onto his pad. A truly disgraceful decision by Rudi Koertzen.
- Four LBW's in the first innings. That is a lot.
- The West Indies are awful and we will win 4-0 barring a double century by Lara.
- Message Boards about "Uday Hussein is sexy"
- Home Pages about "Uday Hussein is sexy"
- Kids Only sites about "Uday Hussein is sexy"
Wednesday, April 09, 2003
I SHOULDN'T be so happy. After all, I'm a right-wing deathbeast, and the end (or near end) of a war should upset me, because we conservatives lust for war all the time. Except when we have to fight it ourselves, of course. Being chickenhawks and all.I'm also happy the quagmire is no more. No "million Mogadishus", no "hundreds of thousands of dead innocents". If you have a TV or an Internet thingo, the pictures of Liberated Iraqis are all around you. Go take a look because I'm going to be watching it too.
Should someone have told them that the main role of the navy is to remove mines that impede the humanitarian effort? Do the Greens want the mines to stay in place or do they want humanitarian aid to get through?Of course the obvious answer is: They don't give a shit. They just want to get on the news no matter what happens. The only way the protest could have been more successful for Greenpeace is if the RAN Vessel opened fire on their boats. Not only would that mean worldwide coverage for Greenpeace, but a huge increase in their membership out of sympathy for the "innocent" victims. I use the word "innocent" in quotation marks for a good reason. Members of Greenpeace and affiliated NGO's are guilty of many crimes, ranging from Piracy to outright Wetworks. Apart from the obvious illegality of actions against Warships, Greenpeace could quite easily be digging their own graves through their actions. Fedayeen in Iraq are already conducting suicide attacks disguised as Red Crescent Ambulances. How long before the first suicide attack under a Greenpeace Flag? Boarding naval vessels is possibly the most stupid thing I can think of at this point in time. At least they had the good sense to do it to an Australian vessel this time. God knows what would have happened if they tried it on a US warship, and they've already been given a pretty clear message by the French.
The Americans knew exactly what they were bombing. Abu Dhabi TV's "identity is spelled out in large blue letters on the roof". The Palestine Hotel is, to steal Ken's phrase, "notoriously where nearly all international journalists were headquartered". Al Jazeera insists that "Our office is in a residential area and even the Pentagon knows its location". So were the attacks accidental? Based on the eyewitness accounts: No. Against Al Jazeera, the US seems to have flown past a couple of times to make sure they hit the right target:In an unrelated story, Rob's local deli has completely sold out of aluminium foil. And hats.
Tuesday, April 08, 2003
Less intelligent whale species are much like sheep and should be sustainably hunted, says one of the nation's most influential environmental scientists, Tim Flannery. In a controversial paper to be published in next week's Quarterly Essay, Dr Flannery, author, mammalogist and director of the South Australian Museum, says whale protection has departed from "environmental logic".Of course, such revelations are nothing new to thinkers such as Maddox, who writes:
Whales are drinking all our water and eating our sailors. When they're not busy ravaging the high seas, they're getting beached and rotting to death out of spite so nobody can enjoy the beach. In fact, when is the last time a whale did anything other than some stupid trick like jumping out of the water? Ooh, the whale can jump out of the water. Big deal. Try building an oil rig, then I'll be impressed asshole.
Monday, April 07, 2003
I've never received any kind of crank message related to a blog entry. "She's not the person she claims to be" sounds more like a line of dialogue from a Hollywood thriller, not real life. In spite of my incredulity, I couldn't write it off as some kind of prank. Whoever wrote the letter knew too many details about New Girl to just be some random person playing a joke. Was this person telling the truth, or was this someone with a personal vendetta against New Girl?It gets even murkier later on. Read the whole thing here.
Sunday, April 06, 2003
Saturday, April 05, 2003
Friday, April 04, 2003
- $1.2 Million spent on website development
- $956,000 spent on hosting and support services
- $928,000 spent on software; and
- $661,000 spent on hardware.
Thursday, April 03, 2003
Wednesday, April 02, 2003
Former Australian representative and NSW captain Greg Matthews believes at the age of 43 that he is still good enough to play first-class cricket, and rates himself the second-best spinner in NSW heading into this weekend's Sydney grade final.No doubt his first act as Iraq sports minister would be to request that all players remove their headgear.
Tuesday, April 01, 2003
Monday, March 31, 2003
Asian female drivers would face restrictions under a radical proposal to prevent people dying on WA roads. Research by the University of WA's Injury Prevention Centre shows a restriction on driving by asian female drivers could save between 15 and 31 lives or serious injuries a year.Does this sound bigoted to you? That's because it is. Of course it's made up, because only a white supremist,misogynist, Wilson Tuckey worshipping right-wing fanatic like me would ever purport rubbish like this. Of course, if it is young people that you are discriminating against, it's completely different.
P-PLATE drivers would face a night curfew under a radical proposal to prevent young people dying on WA roads. Research by the University of WA's Injury Prevention Centre shows a restriction on night driving by P-plate drivers could save between 15 and 31 lives or serious injuries a year.First off, not all probationary drivers are young, but the vast majority of them are. This is no different than banning people who speak Arabic as their first language from immigrating to Australia. Of course, not all Arabic speakers are actual Arabs, but you get the idea. The whole concept of probationary licences is one of the biggest shams ever constructed. Back in my day, the only real restrictions were a maximum speed of 80km/h on any road, and a lower BAC limit of 0.02% instead of 0.05. If anyone has ever been overtaken by a fucking road train on Albany Highway because you can't legally drive faster than 80km/h, then you would realise, as I do, how stupid and counterproductive these limits are. A lower maximum speed on long-haul trips also contributes significantly to driver fatigue - something much more dangerous than either speed or alcohol. P-plate fdriving restrictions turn a 3 hour trip into a 4 hour trip, and is probably more mentally draining due to being overtaken 250 times. At least I only had to be a member of the driving underclass for 1 year. It is my understanding that the new crop have to endure it for 2 years. Of course the argument can be made that many P-Platers aren't very experienced drivers and are more likely to be involved in an accident after dark. The article quotes:
30 per cent of probationary drivers' fatal accidents occurred at night, compared to 21 per cent for adult drivers.This reminds me of my favourite road statistic: "x% of crashes occur within 5kms of home!". Well duh. It makes sense that if home is where every driving expedition starts and ends, the vast majority of your driving will occur in a certain range of your house. Likewise, young drivers are much more likely to drive between the hours of 10pm-6am.
- Less people under 20 have jobs that would preclude them from driving around at 3am.
- Young people socialise after hours a lot more than the married with kids set do
- Young people frequent places that are open until 3am more than the general population does.
Sunday, March 30, 2003
U.S. Marines searching Iraqi military headquarters in this southern city that was the site of intensive fighting came across a mural depicting a plane crashing into a building complex resembling New York's twin towers, a news agency photograph showed Wednesday.
Saturday, March 29, 2003
ALL triplets in North Korea are being forcibly removed from parents after their birth and dumped in bleak orphanages. The policy is carried out on the orders of Stalinist dictator Kim Jong-il, who has an irrational belief that a triplet could one day topple his regime. The number three is thought to be auspicious in North Korea and triplets are revered. It is believed they are likely to rise to positions of power, which accounts for Kim's insistence that they are all raised in state-run orphanages, where their development can be controlled.Hell, at least Magneto wanted to bestow the human race with superhuman mutant powers! All Kim has to offer is large posters of himself and grass for dinner. I'll pass.
Friday, March 28, 2003
Wednesday, March 26, 2003
To Jacques Chirac, You are a mass-murdering assasin who only continues testing so you can sell Bombs to the Arabs. You are the scum of the earth and should be executed by a war crimes firing squad.I'm hoping that Adam rediscovers his inner child and lets him start a blog of his very own.
Are you for voluntary voting? Compulsory voting is one of the great things about AustraliaMy answer was along the lines of "I don't really have an opinion of it one way or the other". It's something I've never seriously given much thought to, since I would vote whether it was compulsory or not. Having no opinion sucks though, because opinions are fun, and the stronger the better! The only thing I could think of is that compulsory voting is just another thing that the goverment forces us to do, so from a civil rights point of view it's a mild annoyance, but hardly oppressive. I do have a friend who has been absolved of his voting responsibilites - a result of delivering a profanity filled tirade to a government official after receiving a fine for not voting. Apart from him, however, I don't hear a lot of discussion about the topic. Is this because everyone loves compulsory voting, or does nobody care? This is your chance to indoctrinate me, loyal readers! Comment in the box below on the merits or failings of compulsory voting - best argument gets my vote, compulsory or not. Is the Australian system of forcing people to vote a good thing, or should we be like America, and just let people decide for themselves if voting is worth their time and effort. Please give at least one reason for your view - that's all I ask!
I also dont think we should be in Rwanada or Bosnia because they are not our wars and if Aborigines started having wars with us I wouldn't want the Royal Nicaraguan Peacekeeping force helping us. I did not celebrate Anzac because I am against war and think politicians who sent people to die in Nam should beheaded.What happened to the radical young man who penned the above? This:
Saturday, March 22, 2003
Friday, March 21, 2003
Thursday, March 20, 2003
And in Sydney police had to restrain an apparently misguided group who mobbed NSW Premier Bob Carr's government vehicle, pelting it with paint and eggs. The protesters swarmed around Mr Carr's vehicle on the corner of Phillip and Bent Streets, shouting at the Premier to oppose the war. Orange paint and two eggs were thrown over the white government car as some protesters struck the vehicle with their placards. Demonstrators shouted "shame Carr, shame" and appeared to be asking the Premier to join the protest. Mr Carr, who has repeatedly voiced his opposition to Australia's involvement in the war, remained stony-faced behind the vehicle's tinted windows.(emphasis mine) It's articles like these that remind me that in many cases, it's the PROTEST that's important, not the cause. A large number of particpants have no idea what their feelings are. For them, the protests are just a rite of passage, or an excuse to do something illegal when the consequences are likely to be minimal.
Now I'd noticed that myself, righties often don't have comments facilities, which seems to imply a communal gutlessness.Now calling a "rightie" gutless is nothing new, but I can't really see where the criticism comes from. To me, the primary reason for not having comments that most people put forward is that it's just "too bloody hard". This view seems to be supported by the fact that most "Movable Type" bloggers, right or left, have comments enabled. Presumably it's a lot easier to institute comments with movable type. Tim Blair doesn't have comments, and I'm guessing he's the "gutless rightie" Stew is talking about. He also has a shitload of readers, so that could play a part. Most busier sites run Movable Type, but Tim is still using generic blogger templates, which are probably a lot trickIer to find a decent comments system for. It may be true that more lefty sites contain comments, but mainly because more lefties run movable type. Obviously, this is because they are all artsy-fartsy snobs studying "Movable Type Studies" at university, and have free hosting provided by the World Workers Party. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. In all honesty, comments are the favourite part of my site. I enjoy reading them even if you are taking the piss out of me, and if anything I don't get enough.
Tuesday, March 18, 2003
Monday, March 17, 2003
Sunday, March 16, 2003
A young American woman was killed today in Gaza, when she jumped in front of an Israeli armored bulldozer as it was destroying a terrorist’s houseSo far no news yet on the condition of the bulldozer. I hope it's ok.
Friday, March 14, 2003
Libertarian - You believe that the main use for
government is for some people to lord it over
others at their expense. You maintain that the
government should be as small as possible, and
that civil liberties, "victimless
crimes", and gun ownership should be basic
rights. You probably are OK with capitalism.
Your historical role model is Thomas Jefferson.
Which political sterotype are you?
brought to you by Quizilla In a display of respect for like-minded people, I chose to plagiarise the "look and feel" of the title of this post from my 2nd favourite Libertarian.
Thursday, March 13, 2003
Wednesday, March 12, 2003
FROM:Adams Phillip Dear friend, You may be surprised to receive this letter from me since you do not know me personally. I am Adams Phillip, the first son of Adams Okoro, the most popular black farmer in Zimbabwe who was murdered in the land dispute in my country. I got your contact through network online hence decided to write you. blah blah blah blahAnyone else get this one?
Tuesday, March 11, 2003
LA HABRA -- Antiwar protesters burned and ripped up flags, flowers and patriotic signs at a Sept. 11 memorial that residents erected on a fence along Whittier Boulevard days after the terrorist attacks in 2001 and have maintained ever since.I don't see how this is so hard to work out. If you burn a flag YOU OWN, that's "free speech". If you burn a flag belonging to SOMEONE ELSE against their wishes, that's vandalism and worse.
YOUR ASSIGNMENT for today: propose a more appropriate collective noun than clutch.Here are my suggestions: A sect of hollywood stars. An appeasery of hollywood stars An hypocritacy of hollywood stars Assignment complete. THANK YOU SIR MAY I HAVE ANOTHER?Oscar winner Jessica Lange was among a clutch of Hollywood stars today who helped deliver an anti-war petition - signed by more than 1 million people - to the US mission to the United Nations.
Monday, March 10, 2003
Sunday, March 09, 2003
Margret doesn't like to watch films on the TV. No, hold on - let me make sure you've got the inflection here: Margret doesn't like to watch films on the TV. She says she does, but years of bitter experience have proven that what she actually wants is to sit by me while I narrate the entire bleeding film to her. 'Who's she?', 'Why did he get shot?', 'I thought that one was on their side?', 'Is that a bomb' - 'JUST WATCH IT! IN THE NAME OF GOD, JUST WATCH IT!'
The hellish mirror-image of this is when she furnishes me, deaf to my pleading, with her commentary. Chair-clawing suspense being assaulted mercilessly from behind by such interjections as, 'Hey! Look! They're the cushions we've got.', 'Isn't she the one who does that tampon advert?' and, on one famous occasion, 'Oh, I've seen this - he gets killed at the end.'
Friday, March 07, 2003
"Lee improved enormously at the end of the VB Series, but appears to again confuse pace with ability. Jason Gillespie was arguably Australia's best bowler at the World Cup before he broke down (continuing his convincing Bruce Reid impersonation); Andy Bichel has taken the third-best one-day figures; and Glenn McGrath is Glenn McGrath. Even Brad Hogg and Darren Lehmann are more valuable, and less expensive than Lee."It's no secret that Lee has been expensive of late. It is also worth noting that last night, he ripped through the Sri Lankan top order, and put Sanath Jayasuriya - the man most likely to deprive Australia of the Cup - out of action for the entire game. The value of Brett Lee is not simply a function of his average, strike rate or economy rate. Lee's value is that he provides something that Australia's 10 or so other world-class pace bowlers do not. While bowlers like Bichel, Bracken, Noffke etc are very good, and probably have better domestic figures than Lee, the fact is that what they represent is simply "more of the same". They are interchangeable, formulaic trundlers. They want to be McGrath or Gillespie, but they aren't quite as good as them. They are all great bowlers in their own right, but what they bring to the match is something that we already have in spades. Lee, on the other hand, brings something entirely different. Many quality batsmen who have no problem taking to the likes of McGrath or Gillespie, find themselves found out by extreme pace and bounce as provided by Lee. This is quite evident from last night's Jayasuriya incident. Jayasuriya's tournament could easily have been over last night, and from the way he was playing Lee, he wouldn't have lasted long at the crease even if he wasn't hit by a short ball. Lee's prescence in the team is an insurance against our nightmare scenario - A batsman comes out and refuses to be tied down by McGrath. He wants to be cheeky and hit Glenn for boundaries? Fine, lets see how he likes 100 mph thunderbolts into his chest. If that doesn't unsettle him (and it usually does), then its time for damage control and/or spin. Really what it comes down to is team balance. Lee probably isn't Australia's 3rd best fast bowler. What he is though, is our best bowler of out-and-out pace. Admittedly, at this point in time, Plan B is rarely required. Few teams bat well against our top line bowlers. What Lee gives us is access to Plan B if we need it, and that is a good thing. Picking Lee on the basis of the way he bowls is akin to making sure you have a spinner in the side. The spinner may not be empirically the 4th best bowler in Australia - but few would disagree that going into the game without a quality spinner is a mistake. It is also worth noting, that with Shane Watson injured, Brett Lee is the youngest member of the Australian team. The majority of the team is in the late 20 - early 30 age group. In 5 years time, it is likely he will be the only remaining member - and our premier fast bowler. Giving him exposure now, at the expense of Bichel, is probably going to be a good thing for the long term prospects of the team. Plus he is sooo cute!
Tuesday, March 04, 2003
Sunday, March 02, 2003
Friday, February 28, 2003
Ok, so Tim Blair said this:
PROFESSOR DAVE writes: Maybe it's just me, but isn't there a porn flick called "Blowing for Columbine" waiting to be made out there somewhere, and wouldn't it be great if some French idiot accidentally gave it an award? Ron Jeremy would be perfect for the lead role. Once he put on a few pounds, of course.So I got to thinking.....I could do the poster! For more (considerably more skillful) photoshopping, check out Something Awful. I don't why you old people call us the "slacker" generation. This photoshopping business is hard work!
Thursday, February 27, 2003
Tuesday, February 25, 2003
Monday, February 24, 2003
SCIENTISTS are developing an artificial tree which can perform the function of living trees better than the real thing - and potentially reduce greenhouse gasses by millions of tonnes a year. Synthetic models which could sit in an office or trees the size of houses are being planned. One tree it is estimated, could remove 90,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year - equal to 15,000 cars' emissions.Viva La Revolution!
Sunday, February 23, 2003
"So, from the point of view of Australia's national interest, we have no reason to attack Iraq. Crudely speaking , Iraq is not our business since Iraq's weapons can't reach us."Many people would argue that regime change in the Middle East would result in a domino effect of destablising fundamentalist muslim nations (the breeding grounds of Islamic terrorism) and eventually result in more prosperous and peaceful Middle East. This obviously would be in the national interest of any country that desires peace. To get back to Gary's argument though:
"The only national interest reason that I can find for going to war with Iraq is to stay on side with the Americans. They have a treaty obligation to defend us in the unlikely event we are ever attacked."Our role is to provide the moral (political) support for action, and the "action" is then provided by the US military. It is the very nature of Australia's reputation as a successful, peaceful, democratic western nation that provides the value of the alliance from the American point of view. It is unlikely they would get as much political clout out of support from Columbia, for instance. Gary wants to argue that this isn't a good enough reason. We don't need America's protection, nobody would ever attack peace loving, happy Australia. Or perhaps the point is, we don't really need to fulfill our half of the bargain, since America would be compelled to help us anyway, should we ever be attacked. Renegging on our obligations would put us in the same boat as the "weasels" in France. All too happy to accept the mighty US as protector, while at the same time demonise them as the root of many of the world's problems for political gain. What Gary's argument (and that of the people who protested against the war last week) boils down to is this: America has to protect us anyway, because they are the world's only superpower. We don't have to support them in return, since any attack on Australia would be a major international incident and require immediate action from all like-thinking democratic countries. We would get what we need for free anyway, so why pay for it? John Howard isn't the only Australian left who prides himself on the image of Australians as those who "stick up for their mates". Honesty to the point of bluntness, and the concept of a "fair go" are the essence of our culture. Implicitly accepting the protection of the USA through the United Nations, while bemoaning their "aggression" is dishonest. It's not sticking up for our mates. It's not giving America a fair go. It's un-Australian
Wednesday, February 19, 2003
The purpose of taking out Saddam is not just to take out Saddam, but to wrench the whole balance of power in the Muslim world into a different state, a state far less helpful to Islamofascist (and other) terrorists.Of course, this idea is hardly brand new, but this particular article sums up the moral position, and the "why Iraq" debate pretty well.
Tuesday, February 18, 2003
Monday, February 17, 2003
Friday, February 14, 2003
Thursday, February 13, 2003
What is the official US position on Westerners going to Baghdad to act as human shields for the Hussein regime? "You might as well ask me why moths fly into porch lights," a State Department spokeswoman said when asked about a group of westerners, who arrived in Baghdad yesterday to act as human shields at civilian sites. Good idea. Why the hell do moths fly into porch lights?When I want to find the answer to dumb questions like that, I ask Cecil Adams. He knows everything. In summary, moths circle lights because they are stupid and have narrow vision. The spokeman was more correct than he could ever have imagined.
Wednesday, February 12, 2003
Tuesday, February 11, 2003
Sunday, February 09, 2003
Thursday, February 06, 2003
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Tuesday, February 04, 2003
Monday, February 03, 2003
Friday, January 31, 2003
Apart from Star Trek, Wil also had major roles in "Stand by Me" and "Toy Soldiers"
Sadly, Wil seems to have been assimilated by the Borg, although I did learn something very interesting by following some links at his site:
This site is different from your average celebrity site. As a matter of fact, the only other "celebrity" sites I know of that were written and maintained by the people themselves are Asia Carrera and Roger Avary, so I'm in the company of an academy award winner and a pornstar, which is nice, I think.Hmm, Asia Carrera eh? I took the bait, where I was mildly suprised to discover this:
Most Overpublicized Fact - Yes, I am a member of Mensa, the society for high I.Q. nerdsSo there you have it, The King and Queen of Nerds. Honour them.
Let's review this small example against the bigger picture... Iraq claims it has no WMD nor WMD programs. Iraq retains thiodiglycol which is used for mustard gas. Iraq is not permitted to have any of this chemical without special dispensation (and it seems not to have been given). Conclusion: Iraq is lying.No wonder Carmen empathises with them so deeply.
Or maybe the Iraqis forgot about it. They seem to be forgetting an awful lot lately.
Thursday, January 30, 2003
THE world's top-ranked batsman, Matthew Hayden, has become the first Australian player to take a moral stance on the Zimbabwe question by claiming he would be opposed to shaking the hand of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.The article doesn't mention what faith Nasser Hussain follows.
Hayden, a committed Christian, yesterday echoed Hussain's concerns by claiming a personal meeting with the despot would compromise his strongly-held values and beliefs.
"In my opinion that (a handshake) seriously compromises the values and traditions of what I'm about and I wouldn't like to do that, no," Hayden told the Nine Network yesterday.
Wednesday, January 29, 2003
Me and Bobby Mugabe - by Brad Hogg
Just got back my Baggy Green after seven years of pain,
Indentured servant of the ICC,
I gotta do what Malcolm says if I, wanna get a game,
Forced to play a match in Harare.
Its a long way to Zimbabwe from the old farm at Tarwonga,
And Mabo never staged a bloody coup,
but when I get up on that podium and he tries to raise his banner,
I know just what I'm not gonna do.
Freedom's not important to the weasels in EU,
but it sure is for the Aussie team and me,
So to all the oppressed farmers - this is what I'll do for you:
Punter, Warney all the boys and me... we won't shake hands with that prick Mugabe.
Be careful over there, fellas.
Tuesday, January 28, 2003
Reports from TV news indicate that he will attempt to form a new political party, and attempt to "end up with the balance of power in the senate" (his quote on 9 news).
Some of the aims of his party I have gleaned from the web site of his organisation - the "Australian Nationalist Movement" - as follows:
It seems that Jack expects previous "One Nation" voters to flock to his cause, because they don't like asians either. I suspect, however, that most previous One Nation voters enjoy starvation, civil war, and oppression even less.
Democracy is nothing more than Capitalism's façade of freedom to hide its developing tyranny. Voting achieves nothing.