Scrumbags on World Rugby Cup

A flippant ‘Come On Aussie’ video from to encourage Wallaby supporters looking forward to the Rugby World Cup. Somehow the video manages to find ways to mock Wales (mixing them up with the French), Japan (mixing whales with Wales) and Canada (asserting that George W Bush is Canada’s leader). When it comes to New Zealand it’s patronising ridicule all the way.

Australia Rugby Supporters

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Peter Costello Defended in Wikipedia

The news today has made much of the Prime Minister’s office computers being used to remove the words, “AKA Captain Smirk” from Peter Costello’s page on Wikipedia. Defense computers are about to be banned from editing other posts. Commentators are concerned that the government is re-writing history.

Wikipedia protocol makes it clear that any persons featured on the online encyclopedia have the right to remove derogatory remarks made about them. The etiquette also calls for a shared perspective to be developed by those editing each page. “POV” (point of view) is edited out by the Wikipedia community, allowing the content to evolve as a set of commonly held perspectives.

Behind the scenes of every Wikipedia article are layers available only to people who are registered as Wikipedia editors.

On the ‘talk page’, a forum for those who are working on the content of the Peter Costello article, writers grapple with suggestions that Costello could be described as a ‘radical Christian’, may or may not have been a member of the Young Labors at university, had ‘some’ involvement in the dollar sweets prosecution, has been rumoured to have cancer, and has made dismissive comments about the calls for gay marriage. It is noted that this page is about an active politician who is running for office, is in office and campaigning for re-election, or is involved in some political conflict or controversy. Because of this, this article is at risk of biased editing, talk-page trolling, and simple vandalism.

Due to the interest the page is getting, the Peter Costello entry has been temporarily locked. After all, putting in and taking out the words “AKA Captain Smirk” does get boring after a while.

ANCAP Crash Testing Saves Lives

ANCAP, Australian New Car Assessment Program, is promoted in this set of posters using crash test dummies, with the tagline, “Crash Testing Saves Lives”. Crash Test Dummies attend a funeral in one poster. In another print ad, a crash test dummy lies in a morgue. The Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) gives consumers consistent information on the level of occupant protection provided by vehicles in serious front and side crashes. The program is supported by Australian and New Zealand automobile clubs, the States government road and transport authorities of NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia, the New Zealand Government, the Victorian TAC and IAG Ltd.

Crash Test Dummies at funeral
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Mercedes Benz Anything You Can Do Better

Mercedes Benz sponsorship of Formula 1 is celebrated in this television commercial featuring Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Mika Hakkinen, airing on popular public and private TV channels in Germany, Spain, and the UK. The two racers drive back to their hotel in a Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG and a CLK 63 AMG Black Series, Hamilton is momentarily distracted by an attractive woman who happens to be passing by. Alonso quickly takes advantage of the situation and leaves his surprised colleague behind at a traffic light.

Alonso and Hamilton at the end of their race

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