Bottom 10 Arseholes
The astute reader should bear in mind the standard disclaimers here:
I do not here (or anywhere else on my site) speak on behalf of my
department, my university, my country, or my generation.
Those in the aforementioned groupings that have any sense probably agree
with me wholeheartedly, but I speak not ex cathedra, and will
not be held responsible for holding them responsible for anything
That having been said...
Minister 'for' Higher Education and Employment, Australia
- Amanda Vanstone was entrusted with the task of single-handedly
destroying Australian Universities, in the name of economic rationalism.
Although ideologically a wet, and placed in an unenviable position from
the vengeful dries now running Australian finances, she has been carrying
out this task with gusto. An article from
the Weekend Australian starts to detail the arrogance
and heavy-handedness that has made Vanstone Public Enemy No. 1 around
campuses Australia-wide. (Things got worse, not better, since;
her flabbergasting argument that we
should be grateful at $5,000 a year for what used to be free tertiary
it to purchasing a Merc for the price of a Mistubishi, means she should be
run over by both a Merc and a Mitsubishi...) Vanstone has
long since been bumped off to the Justice Ministry, but the ill effects of
her demolition job on Australian Tertiary education will be felt for decades.
Federal Treasurer and Minister for Axe-Wielding and Obnoxious Grins,
- Many a citizen of Australia wonders how Peter's brother
Tim can be
such an all-round pink-lefty socially-aware pastorally-responsible nice
guy, and this guy can have the smirk of Beelzebub and the heart of a
- Bob Fences
Extremely Rich Monopolist Geek, Northwestern USA
- What can be said about this individual that is not already said daily
in computer helpdesks the world over...
- Jeffrey Kennett
State Premier and Discreditor of Pompadours, Victoria
- A man of unsurpassed arrogance, contempt for democratic institutions,
and dedicated to turning a state into a business.
Jeffrey Kennett and Peter Costello are widely reported as hating each
others' guts. I hate both their guts.
Censorious Vote-Grabbing Git, US Congress
- Not on my Internet you won't!
Manufacturer of Consent in North American Linguistics, Boston
People from the States, in particular, often ask me why I do not like
the kind of linguistics Chomsky peddles, or the way he has been peddling
it. I have drawn up a list of objections
which at least makes a start as answering why many linguists have
misgivings about this individual.
- Bryan Adams
Bombastic Balladeer, As-Far-From-My-Radio-Dial-As-Humanly-Possible
- Summer of '69 is almost acceptable, but is far from equal to task
of atoning for the barrage of bland which has since emanated from this disgrace to
Canada, the Americas, and the world.
- Whoever thought up
eight-digit phone numbers
Criminal Against Short-Term Memory, Magic Numbers, and Humanity,
- Eight-digit phone numbers. Just say no.
- Glen Proechel
Pseudo-Klingonist and Hamlet-pseudepigrapher, Siberia
- A man who has been passing out edicts about how Klingon should be
from time immemorial (and how Klingon should be according to him is a
carbon copy of English); a man who, when I blew up at him with righteous
rage for translating "adultery" as "having sex with a strange man"
loD Huj ngagh, where
Huj = strange, wierd),
splashed his split from the Klingon Language Institute all over the
Wall Street Journal; a man who, when I, Andrew Strader and
Mark Shoulson had been working on the translation of Hamlet
into Klingon for two years, proceeded to produce his own cheap imitation;
a man widely believed amongst the members of the Klingon Language
Institute to be into Klingon only for the money --- Siberia is both where
he is (bringing Christianity to the Orthodox), and where I'd like him to
- Francesco Morosini
Venetian General and Nuker of Parthenons, Eternal-Infamy
In 1687 a Venetian army under Francesco Morosini laid siege to the
Athenian Acropolis and its Turkish garrison. The Turks had a great stock
of gunpowder on the citadel and decided to store it in the Parthenon.
The temple was still greatly admired by western Europeans, and the Turks
assumed that Morosini would not aim his bombardment directly at it.
Unfortunately, it seems a deserter from the defending force gave away
the Turkish secret to the Venetians and around 6.30 p.m. on 26 September
a bomb ignited the gunpowder. The inevitable explosion reduced the
Parthenon to a smoke-blackened carcass. (Ian Jenkins. 1994. The
Parthenon Frieze. London: British Museum Press. p. 16.)
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