International Century of Small and Effective Government

At long last, the United Nations has decided to dedicate a Century to Small and Effective Government. Apparently the strong evidence concerning the risk of global warming being caused by the United Nations was the key factor behind the resolution. Perhaps, also, Australia’s new role as Security-Council-member-elect has led to an epiphany at the United Nations as our Bob Carr has been pressing the flesh as the small government disciple.

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38 Responses to International Century of Small and Effective Government

  1. Amfortas

    A Christmas wish along the lines of ‘Please Santa, make me incredibly Rich’. Polythene dogs in Hell have a better chance of success in dousing the fires of hell with their pee.

  2. Louis Hissink

    Samuel, “off” and “of” need to be grammatically correct in the UN document……….???????

  3. NoFixedAddress

    More lies from the UN…..

  4. Samuel J

    Thanks Louis, it seems a draft version was used. It has been replaced.

  5. Gab

    Would you also please fix up the indenting on points 1 & 2, Samuel. Ta.

  6. Poor Old Rafe

    The UN General Assembly signed off on THAT. Looks like a practical joke.

    Anyway your research on the UN and global warming is probably the most important scientific contribution of the Third Millenium, (not a long period admittedly) although it will be good to see it published in a peer-reviewed journal. When you get the Nobel gong the drinks are on you at a monumental Catallaxy party at The Oaks tavern (Ben Boyd Road, Upper Neutral Bay).

  7. Gab

    And point 4. Annoying that it’s overpage. 🙂

  8. Poor Old Rafe

    A draft version, now you tell us:)

    Told you it was someone’s idea of a joke!

  9. Wait, who owns Catallaxy? Melbourne or Sydney?

  10. Gab

    I thought it real too, Rafe until I read point 3.

  11. Fred Furkenburger

    Aah, ’tis but to dream!

  12. Poor Old Rafe

    My attention span is so short these days that I only read halfway down.

    So much for trusting SamuelJ.

    At least I said I wanted to see his research published before they give him a gong.

    You should shout us all round of drinks at the Oaks anyway.

  13. Samuel J

    Gab- I thought the UN had enough staff to fix up drafts! 🙂

  14. sfw

    “Drinks are on you at a monumental Catallaxy party at The Oaks tavern (Ben Boyd Road, Upper Neutral Bay).”

    Where the hell is Neutral Bay? never heard of it. Is it another affluent Sydney suburb?

  15. Ubique of Perth

    Wait, who owns Catallaxy? Melbourne or Sydney?

    You’d have to say the spirit of Catallaxy is best represented in Perth.

  16. Wait, who owns Catallaxy? Melbourne or Sydney?

    West Queanbeyan…

  17. Gordon

    Resolution adopted by the General Assembly 66/231.
    “Oceans and the law of the sea”

  18. Anne

    I’ve got some lovely fresh lemons Ooh.

    I’ll make you a Cosmopolitan.

  19. Poor Old Rafe

    Use Google Maps to find the Oaks Hotel Military Road. Half a league down Ben Boyd Road is the headquarters of the Lower Neutral Bay faction of the Australian school of economics.

  20. JC

    The Oaks Hotel Military Road.

    That was a great meat market in the 80’s.

  21. Poor Old Rafe

    If you switch to the Satellite view and pan in you can find the HQ at 29 Ben Boyd, three doors from the Vintage Cellars (purely coincidental I hasten to add).

  22. Bruce

    Regretfully Mr Google finds the only source of this miracle is Catallaxy.

    Are you hoping Xinhua News will pick it up Samuel? I hope so. Sequel to Onion’s finest – Kim Jong Fatty Worlds Most Sexy Dictator.

    On other hand Anthony Albanese has just announced we should all ride scooters.

    I was hoping I’d see a pic of Albo on a motor scooter with the story, but alas he is not that suicidal.

  23. blogstrop

    I have to tell you all you’re dreamin’.

  24. Gab

    Speaking of the UN, someone from the UN sent me this email today:

    A lump sum of ($650,500.00usd) have been credited to your E-mail address.Congrats…your grant pin number is (UNO-154/4456/011) Confirm this receipt by contacting Dr.Benjamin Jones.
    on [email protected]
    Tell: 0060 16 6 48 2 715

    Wasn’t that nice?

  25. Rabz

    the Oaks Hotel Military Road

    We used to retire there for beers after playing club cricket Saturday afternoons (in the early Nineties) on some of the local grounds.

    The Tunks Centre and Primrose Park, for example.

  26. blogstrop

    The Oaks is indeed a landmark. Just as once the Fyshwick Tavern or the Ainslie Football Club was.

  27. .

    The last time I walked into the Oaks I was called “Sir” and presumed it was a bad dream where I was either in court or a brothel with the wherewithal for either and so I freaked out and left.

    I once hoped to head up the Freshwater faction. A good tie in with the freshwater economics in US universities.

  28. brc

    It’s all well and good, but even if real, it would just end up lining budgie cages like all the other UN resolutions.

    Asking the Kevin Rudds of the world to stop helping themselves to other peoples money as they strut around and pretend to solve problems – well, sure it would make the world a better place, but pigs will definitely get clearance for takeoff before that ever happens.

  29. Harold

    This is pretty good; can we get mainstream media to ‘stumble’ upon it?

  30. papachango

    That would be a good article for The Onion to run with… 😀

  31. Splatacrobat

    the United Nations has decided to dedicate a Century to Small and Effective Government.

    Total cost to member nations for the successful implimentation of this resolution;

    100 billion Euros p.a. indexed against GDP growth of China.

  32. Papa.

    The Onion…

    Hamas officials will be in a right panic, looking for the Swiss bank account numbers. They’ve bunged Arafat back in, they weren’t tattoed on his bum after all…

  33. Ellen of Tasmania


    We, the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid any more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiney.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident: that a whole lot of people were confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim that they require a Bill of No Rights.

    ARTICLE I: You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

    ARTICLE II: You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone, not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc., but the world is full of idiots and probably always will be.

    ARTICLE III: You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful, do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

    ARTICLE IV: You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes.

    ARTICLE V: You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we’re just not interested in health care.

    ARTICLE VI: You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone don’t be surprised if the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair.

    ARTICLE VII: You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat, or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don’t be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won’t have the right to a full-screen color TV or a life of leisure.

    ARTICLE VIII: You don’t have the right to demand that our children risk their lives in foreign wars to soothe your aching conscience. We hate oppressive governments and won’t lift a finger to stop you from going to fight if you’d like. However, we do not enjoy parenting the entire world and do not want to spend so much of our time battling each and every little tyrant with a military uniform and a funny hat.

    ARTICLE IX: You don’t have the right to a job. All of us sure want all of you to have one, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.

    ARTICLE X: You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to pursue happiness – which by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an
    overabundance of idiotic laws created by those who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

    (Ken Gentry)

  34. Tel

    I would be guessing that the UN don’t regard themselves as government, so there’s no requirement for “small and effective” to intrude on their free lunches.

  35. NoFixedAddress

    Gab 4 Dec 12 at 8:46 pm

    lift your game Gab…

    If you can’t get an email from spanki banki and the moon shot of at least in excess of 1,000,000 your not sending enough emails to the wrong places…..

  36. Gab

    I tried to post an email (the Cat spam stopped it) from the FBI. They want to send me $850,000. So that’s already well over one million 🙂

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