"I can think of 12 Australians off the top of my head who would be a better secretary-general, and one of them is my Labrador."
- Kristina Keneally, former NSW Labor Premier, speaking on former Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's bid to become Secretary-General of the United Nations.
W&D continues to be amazed at the vitriol poured on the Ruddster by senior Labor Party people. After all, it was they that elected him to be Prime Minister. Twice.
First Samuel client events calendar
|Wed-27- Jul||Art Series||Degas: A New Vision. Reception and private viewing||National Gallery of Victoria|
|Tue-16-Aug||Investment Forum & cocktail party||
"The New World of Economic Disrupters: From Brexit to Trump"
Presentation by leading economist and First Samuel client
|Leonda by the Yarra|
|Aug - Nov (dates TBC)||FY-17 CIO Investment Dinner Series||A series of intimate client dinners with investment presentations by Dennison Hambling, First Samuel's Chief Investment Officer||Various restaurants in Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney|
Some lightly salted absurdities from all over...
At the extreme left-hand of the bell curve
A man in Chongqing, China met his girlfriend online, and found out that she has a great admiration for policemen. So he bought fake uniforms and badges online, and pretended to be the local police chief, hoping that he could fool her into marrying him.
She wasn't convinced, so he took her to the local police station to 'prove' his status by acting like the police chief. The police were not convinced either and arrested him.
(Chongqing Evening News)
Bonus 1: Further police investigation revealed that he actually had five girlfriends at the same time.
Bonus 2: Even further investigation showed that he had committed more serious crimes of fraud, such as convincing five women from different places in China to give him a total of 30,000 RMB under the pretense that he or his parents were ill.
Not ready for prime time
In May, a 16-year-old boy in Lakewood, Washington, used Facebook to set up a marijuana-dealer robbery, and so was arrested.
Bonus: during the robbery he went to put his gun back into his pants and accidentally shot himself, requiring life-saving seven-hour surgery for a fractured pelvis, fractured femur and severely damaged femoral artery. Which made the arrest even more easy.
[News Tribune (Tacoma)
Problem with the universal franchise
Biologists from the University of Florida and Oklahoma State University found that more than 80% of survey respondents want mandatory labelling on all foods that have "DNA" content (even though, yes, all meat and vegetables have DNA).
Perhaps there should be an additional label: "Warning: Pregnant women are at very high risk of passing on DNA to their children."
Have a wry and dry weekend