Archive for June, 2007

Don’t be Hatin’

June 29, 2007

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Whatever you do don’t say the H word. Apparently it’s not nice.

“Mr Howard said hate is a strong word and should not be used flippantly…… The people who use that language have got the problem, not the object of that language.”

It is indeed a strong word.

So are terror, terrorist, “national emergency”, overboard, work-choices, WMD, sorry, reconciliation..

Very Modern Flint-stone.

June 29, 2007

In today’s Crikey they let that ridiculously irrelevant David Flint offer his opinion of why bias in the media is good. Although it seems that the bias is only good as long as it is not (gasp) left bias. He can’t resist having any dig at the left that he possibly can :

And radio offers a wide diversity of views. True, presenters from the left (eg Mike Carlton) tend to rate poorly compared with their direct competition, but that is listener choice.

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The internet is for porn

June 29, 2007

This describes beautifully everything that is wrong with so so much of the media and their politician slaves.

I sometimes worry that politicians care too much about these tabloid fulminations, when the editors don’t really mean to be serious, and don’t really have a moral position. If they did, we would all be obliged to investigate the private lives of tabloid editors, to see whether they could really pass judgment on the rest of us.

It’s an op-ed piece written for the Telegraph. Why are we so happy to have faceless editors tell us what we should be alarmed about, and be our moral barometers?  Why are politicians so happy to let the media set the standards? Why are we so busy judging people?

Lies, damn lies and economics?

June 29, 2007

Club Troppo post asking if we can handle the truth.

Can we? Don’t the lies start from birth? Are we content to let other people decide? Apparently we are.

Maybe I am misunderstanding but I think he is saying that we are all motivated by money, except for those deciding for us? So people who are lying to us aren’t motivated by money? The journalists and politicians can apparently handle the truth, but the rest of us are too motivated by money to be able to make the right choice? Umm by the same argument they are motivated to lie to us to gain some economic advantage. Or am I being overly sensitive?

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He’s missing the point

June 28, 2007

From Tobold’s blog:

Hating the people you play with

Fact is that whether it is 5-man groups or raids, somebody making a mistake or having an accident can easily wipe the whole group. ….. if enough of those incidents happen, it doesn’t exactly evoke love towards your fellow players. Some groups or raids simply end in failure, or even don’t get started at all, and you leave you cursing and fuming about the others.

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Doing Something

June 27, 2007

Justice?

From Crikey 27/6/2007:

Long-serving Sydney political journalist Alex Mitchell writes:

This is the last throw of the dice for John Howard. He is doing one big favour for the mining industry which he has faithfully served in public life for the past 30 years by rolling back Aboriginal ownership of their tribal lands. Cynically, cruelly but utterly predictably, he’s doing it under the hypocritical colours of humanitarianism. (Very similar to the invasion and occupation of Iraq sold as “spreading democracy”). In his four terms as PM, he has starved indigenous health, education and housing of funds, abolished ATSIC and pointedly marginalised the (more…)

Some links to the world savers

June 27, 2007

Some places around where some different thoughts on the whole carbon credit fiasco:

New Internationalists – a bit too left for the latte lefties, but raises some valid points:

Rather than stop the flow of oil, coal and gas, the offset industry tells us that we can continue as normal. We can drive as much as want, fly as much as we want, and eat our non-organic Coldplay mangoes in the Canadian winter. We need not reduce; in fact we can now consume our way out of the problem. Now we can buy offsets on top of our Caribbean holiday and thus ‘neutralize’ our impacts. It is a seductive argument.

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Creating a market

June 27, 2007

Some days I wonder harder than others if perhaps I have gone insane. Driving home yesterday in the usual bumper to bumper, I heard an interview that was so full of paradox I felt my head would implode. Driving home with the hundreds and thousands of other drivers all wanting to get home as fast as humanly possible. Driving home not as fast as humanly possible, because there are hundreds of thousands of other people trying to do the same thing. Driving home, in my car, because there is no alternative to get me from home to work. Driving home, because it would take me approximately 3 hours EACH WAY to use public transport; adding 4 hours onto my working day.

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I call shennanigans

June 15, 2007

So Casey is in Australia?

On a one-way ticket using an ETA.

Don’t buy it. You can’t enter the country on a tourist visa on a one-way ticket.