The Chaser is a topical Australian comedy programme on ABC. It originated from a popular satirical newspaper which hit the headlines when they published Australian Prime Minister John Howard's private, unlisted home phone number on their front page.
Their current award-winning TV show, The Chaser's War on Everything is deemed so subversive that during Dick Cheney's visit to Australia in 2007, The Chaser team were included on the official list of terrorists, anarchists and protesters deemed to pose a threat to the US Vice-President.
This week the team decided to test what happen when an American tourist films a bridge and a nuclear facility, and what happens when a pantomime-style Arab tries the same. The results are predictable, but still extraordinary.
The US Senate has voted to approve a bill which requires US troops to start withdrawing from Iraq by October.
The Senate voted 51 to 46 in favour of the bill, which
makes $100bn (£50bn) in further funding for the war conditional on a
timetable for withdrawal. It says the pull-out must start by 1 October this year, and sets a target of completion by 31 March 2008. President George Bush has said he will veto bill.
This tenous link is to point you in the direction of American satirist Roy Zimmerman. Zimmerman performed the song "Chickenhawk" (below), an indictment of those who think militarism is a fine idea as long as they and no one they know has to be directly involved, at the counter-events to the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City.
I'm not advocating drug use, on the contrary, but having lived through the patronising "Just Say No" campaigns in my teenage years, it's just plain funny seeing the pious Reagans advocating the use of drugs.
In this day of digital mashing, editing this on video tape in 1988 was no mean feat either...
Hardaway was on radio discussing the coming out of NBA's John Amaechi on Miami's 790 The Ticket. He said "First of all I wouldn’t want him on my team. Second of all, if he was on my team I would really distance myself from him because I don’t think that’s right and I don’t think he should be in the locker room when we’re in the locker room - I hate gay people. I let it be known I don’t like gay people. I don’t like to be around gay people. I’m homophobic".
After NBA banishment and all-round condemnation, Hardaway has retracted his comments, but George Takei, who came out himself in October 2005 has dished out the best punishment of all..
The current bid price as of today is just over $3 million - but if you buy it you'll have to collect it.
Meanwhile, an astonishing enhanced and stabilised version of the Zapruder Film has been produced showing the assassination in incredible detail. Watch how JFKs head snatches forward before it goes flying back, suggesting a bullet from behind...
Watch the clip below, but to really live the moment, download a very high-quality Quicktime here.