March 25, 2010
One of the great things about Hey…What did I miss? is that people send me lots of bizarre Nanny State things from around the world. This week I thought I’d share some.
This one is from a pub in Perth a few days ago. Read the fine print:
Could you imagine what would happen if the vulnerable or disadvantaged thought that this flyer for banana prawns was directed at them? (I didn’t make this up – you can see the full advertisement for yourself here.) And this one is from (where else?) England:
So the idea is that they’re too drunk to stay on the train platform – but sober enough to read and understand a warning sign? With all this Nanny State nagging I wasn’t surprised to see this sign, which the IPA’s Tim Wilson photographed on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula:
The big thing this week has been the American health care bill. So what did Congress actually pass? Bloomberg has a summary of the bill. And Reason Magazine imagines what the American health system will look like in 2020 – it’s not great. Mark Steyn goes through what it all means.
The lastest edition of Vanity Fair has some great pieces. There’s the sequel to Wall Street – here’s the trailer for the new movie. And just for old time’s sake here’s two classics – the trailer of the 1987 original – and that speech by Gordon Gekko (and don’t pretend you don’t love it). And there’s also this fascinating piece about the wives of Lehman Brothers – it’s on the lifestyles of the sort of people who get $80 million redundancy packages. Here’s what I wrote about how global warming wrecked Lehman Brothers.
Here’s what IPA staff were talking about this week: in the Herald Sun on Saturday, Alan Moran looked at the looming energy crisis in Australia. And in the Sunday Age, Chris Berg said the problem with the centre-right is they have no philosophy.
PS: Did you see the IPA’s Tim Wilson on the ABC’s Q&A on Monday? If you missed it, the video is available here.
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