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(News.com.au)   Every powerful, important world leader needs a War Room. No idea why the Australian Prime Minister needs one   (news.com.au) divider line 69
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2009-11-25 09:15:27 PM
Two Words:

Spider Overlords.
 
2009-11-25 09:33:48 PM
War room envy?
 
2009-11-25 09:38:35 PM
Hey, I read a sci-fi "history book" (from the year 3000 looking back on the past millennium, pretty cool actually) and it had Australia as the third superpower with the US and the USSR.
 
2009-11-25 09:57:24 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com

For the post-apocalypse pie fight of course.
 
2009-11-25 10:58:28 PM
They're afraid of a war room gap.
 
2009-11-25 11:30:44 PM
No idea why the Australian Prime Minister needs one
And that is just the way Australia wants you.
 
2009-11-25 11:41:02 PM
Yeah, it must be terrible to live in a safe, educated country without an insane religious extreme and two entrenched parties who are both out only for their own power... oh, and a military-industrial complex that is bankrupting the nation.

Silly Australia, you should be just like us!
 
2009-11-25 11:42:58 PM
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Well you probably have a room in your house so you can have a wee and a poo, and if you're going to have a room dedicated for something simple and basic like that it only stands to reason that we should have a room for something like war.
 
2009-11-25 11:43:28 PM
narocroc.files.wordpress.com

You blew it up! Damn you! God damn you all to hell!
 
2009-11-25 11:46:47 PM
www.swamppolitics.com
 
2009-11-25 11:47:01 PM
Xetal: Yeah, it must be terrible to live in a safe, educated country without an insane religious extreme and two entrenched parties who are both out only for their own power... oh, and a military-industrial complex that is bankrupting the nation.

Silly Australia, you should be just like us!


On a continent where an ant bite can kill you, safe is not the word I would use.
 
2009-11-25 11:49:02 PM
Fart_Machine

You can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

/came for that, leaving satisfied
 
2009-11-25 11:51:59 PM
That's a bloody outrage, it is! I want to take this all the way to the Prime Minister.
 
2009-11-25 11:54:22 PM
Because it is sensible for every leader of a country to have a war room. As I much as loathe the Rudder (and that loathing is strong, oh yes), I have not problem with this.

And in a hypothetical situation, the main threat would be Indonesia, even though they have a crappy military. They represent more a demographic issue though.
 
2009-11-25 11:54:50 PM
In before img682.imageshack.us.

/Oh wait, I guess I AM that meme!
 
2009-11-25 11:55:08 PM
It is unlikely the room would be used as any sort of bunker in the event Parliament House was attacked.

Instead, it is more likely the cabinet would be transported to the super-secretive Headquarters - Joint Operations Command about 20 kilometres outside the capital.


So super-secretive that we only know it's about 20 kilometers outside the capital.

Could be 19. Or even 21 for all we know.
 
2009-11-26 12:01:42 AM
I'm gonna say over in one on this thread. Mostly because I came in to say, "Uh, hello? Link What more reason do you need?"
 
2009-11-26 12:02:42 AM
Swampthing in Korea: And in a hypothetical situation, the main threat would be Indonesia, even though they have a crappy military. They represent more a demographic issue though.

Is this Tom Clancy's Asian Invasion you're proposing?
 
2009-11-26 12:03:41 AM
Hey, Australia has a huge internal threat -- the tasmanian devils. And I doubt they have a lot of wascally wabbits to stop them.

Seriously -- this day and age I wouldn't blame any government for wanting to be prepared for anything.
 
2009-11-26 12:03:54 AM
Smackledorfer
On a continent where an ant bite can kill you, safe is not the word I would use.

Name a continent where an animal or natural phenomenon cannot bring you swift death.

Safe is certainly a word that is fair to use when comparing Australia to almost any other part of the world.

What is their violent crime rate compared to other countries? What about the chance that you will die in their military service? How about the chance that you will die to a medical error? What about the chance that you die in a natural disaster?

Saying "Oh noes, SOMETHING could possibly kill you even though it is much less likely than most of the rest of the world" doesn't exactly counter the point of the relative safety of Australia.
 
2009-11-26 12:05:30 AM
farm4.static.flickr.com

This guy would say:
Of course Australia needs a war room. Between conflicts with the Russians in the Balkans, and the Germans always picking on the French, a war room is a dire necessity.
 
2009-11-26 12:07:21 AM
Occam's Chainsaw: Swampthing in Korea: And in a hypothetical situation, the main threat would be Indonesia, even though they have a crappy military. They represent more a demographic issue though.

Is this Tom Clancy's Asian Invasion you're proposing?


No, more like continued population growth with outstrip available resources within the Indonesian islands.

If this happens, you could see illegal immigration to the Australian mainland.

And no, this is not an issue of "brown asian people, ooga-booga-booga", it is an issue of living space, food and regional stability.

There is already a lot of social conflict in West Papau as large numbers of Javan immigrants have moved into the territory.
 
2009-11-26 12:12:55 AM
Well, wherever it is, we know we can't fight in it. Because its the War Room.
 
2009-11-26 12:13:02 AM
Speaking of war:
Netanyahu: Abbas has no more excuses to avoid peace talks
HAHA!
Look in this more (do it yourself, ya lazy bastard, I ain't your f**kin DADDY!) and see how Bibi has realized he can play Obama like a fiddle!
 
2009-11-26 12:18:27 AM
Xetal: Name a continent where an animal or natural phenomenon cannot bring you swift death.

Safe is certainly a word that is fair to use when comparing Australia to almost any other part of the world.


Lessee here... 7 of the 10 most poisonous snakes on the planet? Check. Countless man-killing insects? Check. The most deadly jellyfish known to man? Chcek. Most deadly shark? You bet. Even the weather's conspiring to kill you? That's a big check.

You might want to reassess your definition of safe. Safer than the surface of the moon with no suit? Sure. Safer than, say, Namibia? No way in hell.
 
2009-11-26 12:19:06 AM
I see I've been waaaay beaten to a Dr. Strangelove reference.

/my favorite film
 
2009-11-26 12:24:00 AM
Xetal: Name a continent where an animal or natural phenomenon cannot bring you swift death.

funny you brought up natural phenomenon, what with all the tsunamis down there.

Xetal: Safe is certainly a word that is fair to use when comparing Australia to almost any other part of the world.

Eh, I feel pretty safe over here in the USA. I'd rather die to a robber one day than tip toe through my garden hoping no psychotic killer ants will one-shot me (I think they might just be on tazmania though).

Xetal: What is their violent crime rate compared to other countries?

Nice of you to bring this us up. For someone getting so uptight about my ant joke I would have hoped you would have some actual numbers for us.

Xetal: What about the chance that you will die in their military service?

I belong to a country with a volunteer military (well, I'm not poor and desperate so I haven't been forced to volunteer yet anyways).

Xetal: How about the chance that you will die to a medical error? What about the chance that you die in a natural disaster?

Again, you tell me. Higher there than here, lower? /shrug

Xetal: Saying "Oh noes, SOMETHING could possibly kill you even though it is much less likely than most of the rest of the world" doesn't exactly counter the point of the relative safety of Australia.

No, I said "oh noes, a farking ANT might kill me, and that is much more likely there than the rest of the world" :D


ANT

Also, i'm pretty sure koala bears drop out of trees and kill people when they can't find enough eucalyptus. Plus, have you seen what passes for a court over there? I'll be damned if I have to fight a farking midget riding a retard every time I get into a trade dispute, and god help me if I end up facing the wheel.
 
2009-11-26 12:25:18 AM
Local government officials fear the spiders are now firmly established at Nagoya and Yokkaichi ports and surrounding areas, presumably after having hitched rides on ship cargoes.

Worse yet, the eight-legged invaders are on the move, closing in on residential districts, officials say.


Ha ha! Enjoy your redbacks! They particularly like outdoor furniture and swing sets.
 
2009-11-26 12:27:10 AM
Swampthing in Korea: No, more like continued population growth with outstrip available resources within the Indonesian islands.

If this happens, you could see illegal immigration to the Australian mainland.


Oh absolutely. Especially as you see temperatures change and resource availability shift, you're going to see an exodus from pressured areas to regional powers seen as more prosperous. Island nations have always been the first to encounter problems associated with population and resource scarcity, and the population boom in recent times will only make it worse.
 
2009-11-26 12:27:24 AM
It's for commanding his secret dropbear army.
 
2009-11-26 12:30:37 AM
Heh, subby is having a laugh. The aussies have fought with in every major action the U.S. has been involved in since ww1. They are our most steadfast allies. Anyone at war that much needs a proper room for it.
 
2009-11-26 12:31:29 AM
www.gwpda.org

/no helmets, daylight
 
2009-11-26 12:33:41 AM
WorldCitizen: War room envy?

Must be. They haven't need it so far.
 
2009-11-26 01:06:28 AM
Occam's Chainsaw: Swampthing in Korea: No, more like continued population growth with outstrip available resources within the Indonesian islands.

If this happens, you could see illegal immigration to the Australian mainland.

Oh absolutely. Especially as you see temperatures change and resource availability shift, you're going to see an exodus from pressured areas to regional powers seen as more prosperous. Island nations have always been the first to encounter problems associated with population and resource scarcity, and the population boom in recent times will only make it worse.


So you understand my concerns then?

Good.
 
2009-11-26 01:25:36 AM
Xetal: What is their violent crime rate compared to other countries?


Australia's crime rate is significantly higher than that of the United States. IIRC they hold the lead among developed countries. Check the International Crime Victimization Survey for details.
 
2009-11-26 01:27:00 AM
Australia looked down where its legs had been and realized it needed a war room.
 
2009-11-26 01:28:36 AM
Devin172: Xetal: What is their violent crime rate compared to other countries?


Australia's crime rate is significantly higher than that of the United States. IIRC they hold the lead among developed countries. Check the International Crime Victimization Survey for details.


But how? John Howard took away all the guns!
 
2009-11-26 01:44:57 AM
i79.photobucket.com

Alternatively, you can call it this man's den.
 
2009-11-26 02:05:06 AM
Australia is quite ambitious. They're a little tired of NZ constantly kicking their ass, despite the Ozzies having far more people and lots more space.
 
2009-11-26 02:19:45 AM
Xetal: Yeah, it must be terrible to live in a safe, educated country without an insane religious extreme and two entrenched parties who are both out only for their own power... oh, and a military-industrial complex that is bankrupting the nation.

Silly Australia, you should be just like us!


Insane religious extreme? All you see is what the media wants you to see, and you are just dumb enough to swallow it. Where do you people get this crap. Now our churches are under attack by the forces of idiocy. Quit educating yourself at the University of Conspiracy sites.org. Be a man, get your pipes cleaned before someone gives you a thwack on your tiny little pee pee.
 
2009-11-26 02:20:59 AM
i14.photobucket.com

But ... look at the Big Board!
 
2009-11-26 02:25:45 AM
RockIsDead: In before [josef_fritzl.jpg].

/Oh wait, I guess I AM that meme!


We cannot afford a basement incest rape dungeon gap!
 
2009-11-26 02:37:50 AM
tet_tot: Now our churches are under attack by the forces of idiocy

So mostly interior damage then?
 
2009-11-26 02:38:34 AM
Really though, Australians are quite ambitious, despite their current approach to emulating what hasn't worked well lately.
 
2009-11-26 02:43:46 AM
RockIsDead: In before .

/Oh wait, I guess I AM that meme!


i108.photobucket.com
 
2009-11-26 03:35:12 AM
I support a War Room for every family.
 
2009-11-26 04:26:37 AM
Xetal

Name a continent where an animal or natural phenomenon cannot bring you swift death.

Safe is certainly a word that is fair to use when comparing Australia to almost any other part of the world.

What is their violent crime rate compared to other countries? What about the chance that you will die in their military service? How about the chance that you will die to a medical error? What about the chance that you die in a natural disaster?

Saying "Oh noes, SOMETHING could possibly kill you even though it is much less likely than most of the rest of the world" doesn't exactly counter the point of the relative safety of Australia.


You must be a real ball at parties.

Besides. We all know the real reason for the war room. The warning signs are there, in the papers, in the news, online and in the sand.

THE CAMELS ARE MASSING. AND THEY HAVE JOINED WITH RAZORBACK
 
2009-11-26 04:33:20 AM
Devin172
Australia's crime rate is significantly higher than that of the United States. IIRC they hold the lead among developed countries. Check the International Crime Victimization Survey for details.

Speaking as a Victorian, I can guarantee that Friday nights in Melbourne account for most of that. The rest is cops shooting people.
 
2009-11-26 04:52:58 AM
Devin172
Australia's crime rate is significantly higher than that of the United States.

USA murder rate: 5.8 per 100,000
Australia murder rate: 1.2 per 100,000

(source: wikipedia)

Though rape and more petty violent crime rates are higher in Australia, so I guess it depends on what type of crime you're looking at.

Smackledorfer
I'd rather die to a robber one day than tip toe through my garden hoping no psychotic killer ants will one-shot me

Black widow, brown recluse. Both can "one-shot" you here in The States.

Occam's Chainsaw
You might want to reassess your definition of safe.

The average life expectancy in Australia with the dangers you listed is 81.63, the average life expectancy in The US is 78.11.

You are ignoring all the things that make the US dangerous: Our food, our roads, our carcinogens, our affinity for murder.

The US is so much safer that you die an average of 3.5 years earlier? You might want to reassess your definition of safe.

tet_tot
All you see is what the media wants you to see

The amusing part of this is that you think that you dictate what I believe. Not only is that an incredibly dense statement to make.

Your churches are not under attack by the forces of idiocy. Your churches ARE the forces of idiocy. Look around you and at least -try- to think for yourself for a change: Opposition to stem cell research, abstinence-only education, opposition to racial equality (1952, Plessy v. Ferguson), opposition to sexual preference equality, opposition to gender equality (religion played a large part in the opposition to the 19th amendment).

Be a man, get your pipes cleaned before someone gives you a thwack on your tiny little pee pee.
 
2009-11-26 04:56:42 AM
Bleh, fixing incomplete thought:
The amusing part of this is that you think that you dictate what I believe. Not only is that an incredibly dense statement to make.

should say ", but it couldn't be less true" at the end. Posting at 4:55am leads to fail, I suppose.

Taleya
You must be a real ball at parties.
My belief that you shouldn't buy into hyperbole and instead should see the facts for what they are certainly makes me dull at parties.

Also: Dear god, not the camels!
 
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