The Red Cross Ambulance Incident

On 23 July 2006, an Israeli aircraft intentionally fired missiles at two Lebanese Red Cross ambulances performing rescue operations, injuring everyone inside. So says the global media, including Time magazine, The Guardian, the New York Times and outlets around the world including The Age.

News photo of damaged Hezbollah ambulance

The incident would have been an indefensible violation of the Geneva Convention, and would constitute a war crime committed by Israel. But it never happened.

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Two Favourite Satires

OK, it’s been ages since I posted something, so to remind everyone that I still exist, here’s two of my current favourite satires.

Panexa: Wonder Drug

Thanks to New Scientist magazine for news of this “important new wonder-drug”:

PANEXA is a prescription drug that should only be taken by patients experiencing one of the following disorders: metabolism, binocular vision, digestion (solid and liquid), circulation, menstruation, cognition, osculation, extremes of emotion.

Dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO)

The Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division (DMRD) of Newark, Delaware warns us of “the controversy surrounding this dangerous chemical”.

DHMO is a constituent of many known toxic substances, diseases and disease-causing agents, environmental hazards and can even be lethal to humans in quantities as small as a thimbleful…

Despite the known dangers of DHMO, it continues to be used daily by industry, government, and even in private homes across the U.S. and worldwide.

Stuff your “Business Values”

While being surveyed about telecommunications the other day, I was asked: “Thinking specifically about [some telco], how much do you like them, trust them and feel they reflect the values you stand for?”

I don’t care whether they “reflect the values I stand for”, because they won’t really change their values. They’ll just change their advertising. If my values include racial tolerance, for instance, they’ll just add a few more smiling ethnic kiddies to their next batch of TV ads.

So why not cut the crap and get on with providing reliable, value-for-money services instead of talking about “values” you have no intention of upholding?