Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Kevin promises Soylent Green?

Kevin Rudd is the leader of the Opposition (the Australian Labor Party) here in Australia. Our federal elections are coming up, and naturally, the snake oil-selling and mud-slinging have begun. Whee!

Blandwagon has a funny post here about Kevin Rudd's promise to close the 17-year gap in life expectancy between black and white Australians within a generation.

If only all the election news could be this hilarious.

When I take over the universe, would you be my Chief of Correspondence and Propaganda, Blandy?

8 comments:

Blandwagon said...

When I take over the universe, would you be my Chief of Correspondence and Propaganda, Blandy?

As long as there are free donuts, yes.

an9ie said...

Funny you should say that, I was just looking at masak-masak's blog today and she had a post FULL of donuts like the Krispy Kreme ones! Those photographs are pure pornography.

Donuts can be part of the job perks and I shall thrown in free medical insurance to cover the consequences :p

Anonymous said...

another example of the government stepping in and preventing the natural selection process from doing its job.

Harsh but true.

RaZeR

Anonymous said...

God damn page FULL OF DONUTS. Guess what I *have* to buy @ late shopping tonight? So much for the diet.

RaZeR

ジェネヴィーヴ said...

Promise to close gap in life expectancy? People are so strange sometimes.

an9ie said...

Razer - Yes, I am thinking of going past Donut King today myself.

Gen - It's a huge problem we have here in Australia, the large gap in lifespan between indigenous people and the rest of the population. Everyone else in the world seems to have gotten it right, I think in North America the gap is only 7 years and closing, but here it's 17 years. They've thrown millions of dollars at it but still can't fix it.

Anonymous said...

In Australia's defence, Australian indigenous people were the least advanced race in the world. For instance, the North American aboriginals had relatively sophisticated weapons, had domesticated animals, had learnt agriculture, had writing and so on. The gap between traditional Australian aborigines and contemporary society is greater than anywhere else in the world, so it will take longer to fix, and Australia has been colonised for such a relatively short time. Therefore it could be argued that we have done better than elsewhere. We have spent Billions, not millions. Incidentally I once heard an anthropologist talking about this issue and he stated that based on sceletal analysis, pre-colonisation Australian Aboriginal life expectancy was much less than it is currently. So there has been progress of sorts. However I think it is wrong for Australian Aboriginals to measure themselves against the rest of Australian society unless they acknowledge that they want to be a part of it. This hasn't been done. What I mean by this is that it is difficult for them to expect the same health and life expectancy outcomes if they choose a different lifestyle, or refuse to comply with many of the health standards that the rest of society do in order to achieve the greater life expectancy. That includes issues regarding immunization, hygiene, diet, drug and alcohol use and so on. I know there are lots of cultural issues to overcome, but they wont be overcome, to achieve the benefits the rest of society enjoy, unless the Australian Aboriginal population decide they want to be part of the general society and not separate from it. There are no services or resources which are denied to Aboriginals, on the contrary, there are additional services, affirmative actions, and resources provided to Australian Aboriginals which are not available to the rest of society. I write this not to be inflammatory, but to ensure our friends overseas are properly informed. In the past I have found impressions on this subject overseas have been quite warped. Jaymez

an9ie said...

Great input with a lot of thoughts to chew on.

Thanks James!