October 28, 2011

October 27, 2011

Overland done over

Former  Victorian Chief Commissioner of Police, Simon Overland, was accused, pillared, generally insulted, tarred and  feathered, and lost his job.

He was especially and specifically smeared for referring matters relating to Sir Ken Jones to the Office of Police Integrity (OPI) for investigation.

Turns out every son of bitch commentator was wrong, except for Overland.  The bastards really were out to get him, and the story has more political intrigue and stupidity than could have been invented.

Ken Jones, who has, all along, been presented as some sort of saint, continues to insist that he is a saint, despite conspiring to boot Overland and take his place - his apparent defense is that he thought he was legitimately and actually dealing with the government, 'cause that would have been ok.  Turns out he was mostly dealing with a power drunk Tristan Weston, a detective on leave working in the Police Minister's office as a special adviser. 

Special adviser's secret talks with Ken Jones 


Ken Jones is "very disappointed with the negative construction" ... yeah, right.

Ken Jone's statement in response to the release of the OPI report 


October 26, 2011

Le long

The l'Academie nationale de chirurgie, established in 1731, is alarmed by the rise in penis enlargement surgeries in France, so have published a handy-dandy guide, in the hope that men who might otherwise consider the artificial enhancement option come to their senses when they see that they do, in fact, measure up without assistance.
A "normal" penis should be between 9 and 9.5 centimetres (3.5 to 3.7 inches) when flaccid and between 12.8 and 14.5 centimetres (5 to 5.7 inches) when erect.

When it comes to girth, the average circumference is between 8.5 and 9 centimetres (3.3 to 3.5 inches) "at rest" and between 10 and 10.5 centimetres (3.9 to 4.1 inches) when "standing to attention."
The UK Sun editors did not have a hard time writing up this story, and even included an appropriately sized measuring tool.

While the French reports played a straight bat, and were, therefore, dignified.

Wednesday Wisdom

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour.
Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That's
relativity.

Abraham Lincoln

October 25, 2011

Tim Flannery: can someone get the guy a compass

Does anyone understand Tim Flannery's moral foundations, his bearings?  

Does he?

Does he have any?

Flannery is vigorously on the side of backs coal-seam gas and mining industry, and is warning of "social dislocation" across the country if farmers don't play nice with the mining industry.

And this:
"I went around talking to farmers who told me tales of woe about coal-seam methane companies whose representatives were leaving gates open on their properties, leaving trenches open, knocking down fences and basically making it impossible for them to run their businesses," he said.

"They saw the whole industry tarred, and I think that is a dangerous and damaging thing."
WTF?

Seriosuly! WTF?

Does he think before speaking, at all?

Tim Flannery backs coal seam gas and mining industry

October 24, 2011

Cheesy

The Global Retail Theft Barometer 2011 has found that cheese is the most stolen food item in the world, based on a survey of 1,187 retailers in 43 countries.

The study found that one of the reasons cheese is a frequent target for thieves is that it comes in “small, mobile formats that make it easy to conceal by thieves.”   Which only especially makes sense if the cheese of choice is the little soft triangles, made for kiddies.  

Cheese doesn't come in smaller or more mobile formats than, say - chocolate, or nuts, or 250 grams of shaved double smoked ham.

I once read that the most stolen item in Italy is Parmesan (or was it mozzarella?), which made sense (good Parmesan is expensive). 

In the past I've read, more than once, that razors are amongst the most frequently stolen items (perhaps it's still top of the list for stolen non-food items). 

But when it comes to food, according to the retail research, four per cent of the world's cheese ends up stolen.  

Who are the people stealing the cheese?

October 23, 2011

Less than 1 per cent of companies hold 40 per cent of world's wealth



If you think that 40 per cent of the world's wealth being concentrated in only 147 companies is ok, then you'll never need lose sleep over how pathetically powerless you are over your financial well-being and security. The great moral challenge of our times, the great inter-generational crime, is not life-essential carbon dioxide, it's the obscene concentration of wealth in the hands of so few, who answer to no one but each other.

If you think 147 companies sounds like a lot, think again.  The database used by the Zurich team contained details of about 37 million companies, which was reduced down to a 43 thousand or so trans-nationals, then whittled down a bit more, until the magic 147 surfaced.

Think of 147 men, 147 CEOs (and yes, it's likely they're all men, because men make up only 49 per cent of the population; that's why they invariably run the world and hold pretty much 100% of the power) - think of those 147 being bankers or in some other arm of the finance industry:  yes, the banks, the finance industry, which produce absolutely nothing, really do run the world.

Things are likely worse now, as the data used for this study was from 2007, when the GFC hadn't yet concentrated wealth in even fewer hands.  Albeit, less wealth in real dollars, since 20 years worth of  growth was wiped out during the GFC.  If you read yesterday's paper, you'd have noticed that the elderly in Australia are staying in or returning to work:  the $460B the government insisted they stash away for a self-funded retirement has all but vanished.  (Which is why the current government is going to make us put even more of our money into mandatory super - so the finance industry can roll around like pigs in mud, regardless of whether our money is lost and retirement becomes a fantasy.)

Oddly, the study has only made the top 50 companies public.  Perhaps they ran out of funding when it can time to printing the findings.

Already thoroughly critiqued, apparently by lots of people who are squeamish about admitting the obvious and who prefer to concentrate 100 per cent of their nit picking on the semantics of "control".  There's no reason to get hung up over that, unless you're especially sensitive about anything that might make the 147 companies feel bad. 

A concentration of massive wealth in the hands of few, whether you call that "control" or "inequality" or "obscene" or "absurd" or "dangerous" or "meta disaster waiting to happen" - call it whatever you want, but don't pretend it's not meaningful, not real, not bad, and nothing to get your knickers in a knot about.  Your knickers should at the very least bunch-up a bit every time you think of it, if not, you're a bit, well, stupid, if you don't mind me saying.

The research paper is here and the list of companies is on page 33.



October 22, 2011

Occupy Melbourne

Occupy Melbourne protesters have "vowed" to continue with the cause after the police clean-out of city square yesterday, with a quite and wet turn out today, marching about the city, we'll await developments - if any - next week.  I hope they, or others, have the stamina to persist, but keeping in mind that this is Australia, and we're a passive, conservative lot, easily awed by authority, I suspect this will limp out of sight fairly quickly.

More to come, warn protesters

Yesterday saw our Mayor, Robert Doyle, insisting that the city square was "for the people", so the people needed to be removed - by force.  Four hundred police turned up to remove 100 protesters.  One of today's headlines claims proudly "the day the police took back our city", as if we were under siege, under threat, unable to function.  I'm in the city every day and there was no disruption, nothing unseemly or concerning.  A hundred people bought us to our knees?  Upset the power balance?  Cut the profits at the nearby Starbucks by a couple of dollars a day? 

Boot out protesters says businesses 
“The life of the City Square is the life of the city, and for any one group to think that they can capture it and then occupy it and control it is wrong,” Cr Doyle said.
Complete bunkum.  It's the least lively city square in the world, and no one but a tourist would even go in search of it.  A small expanse of concrete in which once a year a large, gaudy Xmas tree occupies a corner, and for the rest of the year it's a grey, wasted, expensive bit of land.

It's ok though, at least going by comments online at our local tabloid of choice, the Herald Sun (see link above).  It's all deserved and the protesters are scum, scabs, smelly, and they have iPhones and stuff, so they must be hypocrites too.  Fancy taking advantage of the goods and services on offer in a capitalist society and then complaining about economic inequality - outrageous!  The level of thought is so simple it insults the average five year old.  It's comparably irksome to the endless ink wasted on that most irrelevant of subjects this week:  Gillard not going the quaint courtsey thing upon greeting the Queen. (Come on, we're so grown up that we should be - but aren't - a republic, but we contemplate, with all all seriousness, the courtsey?  As if Gillard and all other government members were not well briefed on acceptable modern protocols. Jeez - can everyone grow up already?!)

And of course there's the cost, THE COST of protests and the clean up and the legal bills ... christ, how do we tolerate such profligate use of public monies!  It's outrageous!  That money could have gone on a new tourist sign showing the way to the Docklands!

True cost of occupy Melbourne protest yet to be felt 

While sleepy Melbourne could only tolerate a few days of a tiny and quiet protest, over in the US, democracy and free speech is rather stronger (mostly because the US is rabidly conservative), but Occupy Wall Street might be straining the friendship - their Mayor is making noises.

Below, tiny selection from various locations, not random - these are the articulate, well thought out comments. For hundreds of "dirty, smelly dole-bludger, socialist parasite" comments, feel free to check the Herald Sun.

(I'm especially taken by "Royce of Elwood", for going to the trouble of "examining" the protesters, and for his/her carefully supported conclusion that they are all mentally ill.)

steve of eltham Posted at 2:30 PM October 20, 2011
it would be interesting to see where these people are in ten years. I am guessing not on a commune or in a socialist heaven. gotta love thoses who bite the hand that feeds them 
Royce of Elwood Posted at 2:25 PM October 20, 2011
When I was at Starbucks in the City Square on monday, I examined these people carefully. Their problem is that they are of course simply drowning in their own negativity. These poor people wouldn't be able to see the positive if the + end of a Duracell battery came hurtling towards them and hit them in the face. I don't think there is much doubt that most of these people are quite (mentally) ill, and I came away from City Square feeling pity for them rather than anger.
Bravo Posted at 8:49 AM Today
A well written and accurate article. These so-called protesters claimed they were against corporate greed yet their illegal occupation of public land was damaging small local businesses. Some claimed that the Lord Mayor should have spoken to his constituents - I've got news for them - HE DID!. Those of use who pay rates in the City of Melbourne did not want you sitting there - just how many of you have jobs and pay taxes and rates? - not many. Centrelink needs to cancel your tax payer funded benefits.
Scott of Glen Iris Posted at 11:26 AM Today 
James, I hope it isn't over. I was enjoying seeing your type get what you deserved after being asked to leave peacefully. Bring on another day of entertainment.


October 21, 2011

October 20, 2011

Carla has baby and is remarkably sensible

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has gone way up in my esteem, despite the unfortunately waxy-like outcome of her many non-invasive cosmetic facial procedures. 
In the run-up to the birth, Bruni-Sarkozy insisted political considerations and timing - even the expectation of a birth in mid-financial crisis - had not been taken into account as the first family made its plans.

She insisted any baby's arrival is "a happy carefree moment and that's how it's been since the dawn of time".

"We're in a time of crisis, but if human reproduction was decided by thinking about whether you're going to have a perfect life, we wouldn't be here to talk about it, neither you nor I," the Italian-born heiress said.

"What's more, I think that the survival instinct is also expressed by the desire to have a child."
"Of course, I'll look after the baby, but I don't see that that should stop me working," she said, stressing that she receives a lot of help and does not have a difficult life.

"As to the duties related to my husband's job - and there are not so many - I do them willingly," she said.
 What a charming, delightful woman.

I hope for her sake that it's not really true that husbands and wives (like owner and dog) eventually grow to resemble each other.



"Pet Aborigines" - that's ok, right?

Addressing the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education conference in Darwin, Dr Sarra accused supporters of the intervention of holding low expectations of Aboriginal people.

Dr Sarra, executive director of the Stronger Smarter Institute at the Queensland University of Technology, described indigenous leaders who backed the intervention as "pet Aborigines" telling white politicians and bureaucrats what they wanted to hear.

"The NT intervention continued the pattern of signalling a lack of belief in the sense of capacity and worth of Aboriginal Australians," he said.

"It failed to acknowledge and honour the humanity of Aboriginal people in the NT . . . (who) were considered so incapable that the army had to be sent in from the outside to fix them."
NT policy displays lack of belief

Elsewhere, and presumably from the same disingenuous and dangerous speech, Chris Sarra was also quoted as saying:
the intervention dehumanised Aboriginal people and was the latest in a history of government policies that "engineered the impoverishment" of indigenous communities.
 That "engineered impoverishment" would be the $100K per year spent on Aboriginal programs. (Yes, we could throw out the bureaucrats and just give every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander a tax free six figure income each year, so do with as they will ... although that $100K each should, mostly, I assume, go to the 25% who do not live and work in the developed cities and regions, along with the rest of us).

Any member of the Aboriginal community who has gained a significant tertiary eduction should not - ever - begrudge food and a primary school education for the most woe begotten children.  And if that requires the army to enforce, so be it (for the food and schooling I mean; not the begrudger).  There is no honour in denying a decent and safe upbringing to Aboriginal children.  None.  At. All.

If only someone would deal with the execrable Dr Sarra.  I believe there is legislation to deal with such things, non?   Isn't "pet aborigine" a tad insulting, offensive, humiliating and intimidating; perhaps, one could argue, intended to silence the Aboriginal people to whom he has directed his comments and with who he disagrees.

Meanwhile, no surprise that News Ltd/ Andrew Bolt will not be appealing the recent court decision.  A correction will be duly published - twice - citing the finely crafted words of the judge, and the legal fees incurred by the winning parties will be paid.  Case closed. Barely worth the newsprint.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/media/herald-sun-to-run-correction-over-bolt-case/story-e6frg996-1226170492978

And Fairfax just won't let it go ... still banging on as if Bolt (a devil-like creature) has been generally flogged and publicly humiliated, which he hasn't.

Controversy is one thing, getting it wrong should be another



October 19, 2011

Wednesday Wisdom

I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down at us. Pigs treat us as
equals.  

Will Rogers Sir Winston Churchill

October 18, 2011

Rupert's firewall coming to The Oz

As threatened, pay for view is coming to The Australian, the only truly quality newspaper in the country (yeah:  suck it up Robert Manne).

At least Rupert has chosen a price-point that isn't entirely unpalatable, and will be offering exactly the right mix of options, including for those who buy only one print edition each week - on Saturday.  Smart.

Unlike Fairfax, charging $1.3K a year for their niche business paper, the Fin Review ... here, for those with short memories.

I recently saw the figures demonstrating the complete failure of the AFR experiment; kept the material for many weeks, meaning to post, it got stale, the moment had passed, so I deleted ... only a week ago (bugger!).  Anyway, the point is that, as I imagined - and I'm sure you worked it out pretty quickly too - the AFR only managed to find a handful of rich companies or really stupid people prepared to pay more than a thousand dollars a year so as to be able to peruse the occasional interesting article online.  Visually challenged folk could see from the start that the business model was a total bust.  (The best bits of the AFR  - Review and the large format colour mag that comes out on the last Friday of the month - aren't even available online, you still have to buy the print versions.)

As a regular online reader of The Oz, I'm not entirely sure that I'll sign up.  I didn't jump in when The New York Times went pay-to-read, I stay within my twenty free articles per month, then Google the relevant headline for anything over the free limit (viewing of the resulting article when using a search engine is also free).  Even though it hasn't been a problem, I worry about not being able to access the book reviews and the health section, so I mostly no longer read the news articles ... just in case my work-around fails and I get locked out until the beginning of the following month.  In other words, I read the NYTs far less than I used to.

No word in The Oz pricing announcement whether there will be a limit on the number of free articles that can be accessed over a set period of time, but that probably won't be necessary; if they're going to lock up the best bits and pretty much everything else (like Fairfax did with the AFR), we simply won't be able to access anything without a paid-up subscription. Even the sneak previews of the AFR only amount to a sentence or two (which means it's impossible to know if the article is worthwhile, or just guff).

My Oz reading looks like it's about to become confined to the Saturday edition, and that's a shame.

Good luck with the firewall Mr Murdoch


October 15, 2011

Nobel prize for physics - would you like a free car spot with that?

Figuring out that the universe is expanding gets you a Nobel prize for physics, and if you work at Berkley Univeristy, the prestigious award comes with something more coveted - a free reserved free parking spot, for life.
Universe is expanding, but where do I park

Indeed, we are expanding to nothingness, except, eventually, ice - enjoy the increasingly balmy weather while you can.

Local astronomer thanks his lucky stars for physics Nobel prize

By studying exploding stars, an Australian astrophysicist and his colleagues worked out that the Universe is not just expanding, but expanding faster and faster, thanks to dark energy. They pretty much single-handedly made us realise that instead of a Big Crunch, the Universe is just going to… gradually dissipate. 

Tycho’s nova, the remnant of a Type Ia supernova – the type used by Schmidt and his colleagues. Pic: NASA/MPIA/Calar Alto Observatory, Oliver Krause et al.Tycho’s nova, the remnant of a Type Ia supernova

October 14, 2011

October 12, 2011

Wednesday Wisdom

Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the
Lord makes so many of them.  

Albert Einstein.

October 11, 2011

It's the Mad Monk by a Mile

I agreed with half of something Tony said this week, which is 50 per cent more agreeableness than he usually elicits from iCaz.  
 
Speaking on Triple M Sydney:
Mr Abbott took aim at both Kevin Rudd and Ms Gillard, telling the show: "I think both of them have no real governmental experience. I mean Kevin Rudd had been a backroom boy in Queensland. Julia Gillard had been a lifelong apparatchik and hadn’t actually done really any of the senior jobs before getting the prime ministership. Now I don’t claim to be perfect but I was a minister for nine years in the Howard government. I was a cabinet minister for seven years.'' 
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The latest survey (christ, how often do they do these bloody things?) gave the Gillard Government a three per cent bump, but gave the Coalition, and therefore Tony Abbott, a startling lead, or equal standing, on pretty much everything under the sun - including every key electoral issues for the first time:  the economy, health, education, climate change and even industrial relations.
 

Labor leader has lost publics faith (and journalists are finally catching up with the real world)


More than a little too late, Malcolm Fraser shares his opinion that Tony Abbott is a dangerous politician, and gives an entirely sensible, articulate opinion on many other matters as well. 

(Yeah, remember the good old days, when politicians were expected to speak in complete sentences and at least feign a modicum of intelligence and a minimum education?)

Malcolm Fraser - we have lost our way

October 10, 2011

Hitchens: still here


“I knew the collection was going to come out even if I did not, and I was very pleased when I finished that one, because of the way it ends: ‘Our almost-instinct almost true:/ What will survive of us is love.’ I remember thinking, if that’s the last piece I write, that will do me.”

Christopher Hitchens - Still Vibrant 

October 9, 2011

Last American Who Knew What The Fuck He Was Doing Dies

"This is a dark time for our country, because the reality is none of the 300 million or so Americans who remain can actually get anything done or make things happen. Those days are over."
Best Steve Jobs obit - The Onion


October 7, 2011

iGone

On the day of the Canberra jobs summit (or was it a forum?), there was one fewer Jobs in the world.

Steve Jobs' legacy to the world (and slave-workers across China) has been regurgitated endlessly during the last two days.







iTyrant 
 
iCaz left clicks the mouse … an unthinking action, allegedly care of Mr Jobs.  In case you’ve forgotten amidst the iSaturation, iSteve gave us the ubiquitous mouse (and, by association, he can be blamed for no end of cheesy mouse mats) – or the “curser device”, if you’d like to be more formal - it's not exactly true, just as it's not true that he made any of the Apple computers; he's wasn't a techy, never was. But whatever, at this time, all of the iSad people can be indulged, it costs us nothing; or for those of us in Australia, despite the dollar being almost at parity, it costs three times as much as it does for US customers.
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."

– Steve Jobs, Stanford commencement speech 2005

Duck Friday


October 6, 2011

Why BDS is "pure Antisemitism"

Guest post from Geoffff: 

The BDS movement is "a call for the destruction of Israel". The "hypocrisy rises to heaven". It is an attack "on the little guy" not "because it is principled but because it is easy". Whatever Israel has done, "the US, England, ...France, any other country you care to name is a hundred times worse". BDS is "not a call from Palestinian civil society". It is a call from groups and individuals who "call themselves" Palestinian civil society "some of who are perfectly happy to study at Tel Aviv university". Even if it was such a call, it should be ignored because "it harms the Palestinians" and this is so"obvious" it is probably intentional. It is a gift to the Israeli hardliners" and "their American supporters". "Any call for divestment from Israel [alone] can be attacked as pure antisemitism and unfortunately this is with justice." "If you really hate the Palestinians, BDS is a good first step".

Who said this? A spokesman for AIPAC on acid, right? Wrong.

This is the hugely famous leading left intellectual, Israel and US critic, anti-Zionist theorist and 2011 Sydney Peace Prize recipient,  Noam Chomsky, in an interview at MIT Cambridge, a year ago.   The video of the great man's spray on BDS is about 15 minutes long but well worth the listen. 

Here is the great man again in another unilateral dialectic on the same subject in a classroom. Note the rapt girl in the red top. This is how the radical left like their politics. "Shut up and listen".

Identifying as an antisemite is about as fashionable as toothbrush moustaches and invading Poland. No one admits to it. It's the hate that dares not speak its name. The Israel bashing left especially can get very precious indeed about any suggestion of antisemitism on its part. They complain about it incessantly. They are always compelled to deny it.. "Just because I am a critic of Israel and concerned for the rights of Palestinians does not make me an antisemite!" "The Palestinians are Semites too!". (This is known as the neon sign rhetorical ploy. Anyone who says it may as well carry a neon sign around flashing "Dickhead".) Very occasionally the denial is offensive and faintly threatening. "If you suggest that by standing up for the rights of the Palestinians I am an antisemite, then so be it, I am an antisemite.!" Ahuh. The problem with all of this is that the suggestion is always theirs.

This is called the pre-emptive defensive denial. It is part of the armoury of every typical anti-Zionist or no particular Israel basher in general. The phenomenon is so widespread it is a defining feature of the assault on Israel from Europe and the left and has been for decades. Go to anywhere indulging in a spot of nasty Israel bashing and you will see it. Anywhere in the West that is. They don't bother with the hypocrisy in many countries.

Of course criticism of Israel or Israeli policy, or sympathy for the Palestinians, is not antisemitism. No one serious has ever seriously suggested that. Only the Israel hating left has, on "others'" behalf, and you have to wonder how serious they are about anything at all. On the other hand it is impossible to defend the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state, and for that state to defend itself like any other state, without being denounced for "racism". Sooner or later it always happens. The "apartheid state" slur is only the latest glib lie deployed in this tradition by the nasty old authoritarian left.

It is beyond argument that antisemitism inflames the debate about Israel/Palestine just as surely as it inflames the dispute itself. This cannot be honestly denied. Why is it denied? It is everywhere. Writing pompous academic treatises about "Jewish exceptionalism" and marching in the streets and calling out about "blood in your hot chocolate", accusing Jews of "genocide" and angrily demanding the destruction of the Jewish state, and only the Jewish state, is not sort of or just "antisemitism". This is classic antisemitism in close to its ugliest forms.

We need to be very clear about something at the centre of this. By this stage of this old and ugly game any notion that there is no room for the Jewish state between the river and the sea is antisemitic to the core. Israel's problem is not that it is a Jewish state. Its problem is that it is not a Muslim state. If it were a Muslim state, it would have different problems of course, but for that reason, and only for that reason, the state is to be pulled down and all it's citizens, Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze, atheists, women, gays, whatever, are to be robbed of all their civil and political rights that have vested by virtue of Israel being the only liberal democracy in the Middle East. That is BDS.

The very suggestion that this is a human rights campaign is the spitting lie of a bully. It is a recipe for never ending war. It is viciously antisemitic and it seeks to condemn the Palestinians to endless festering grievance and exploitation in whatever periods of peace their thuggish overlords allow them.

Why not accept the Jewish state? It's been there for over sixty years now and it is one of the most successful and productive nations on the planet.

Why not pick up the "two state" solution that has been on offer from the start and has been offered again and again and again since and is on offer still?Why do the "friends" of Palestine not ask their "friends" that question? Whoever "they" are. If they are truly "friends" why are they encouraging their "friends" in this vile and futile enterprise to tear down Israel and the Jews? 

Why are they not doing everything in their power to persuade their "friends" to abandon the offensive and profoundly dishonest notion of an Arab "right of return" to the Jewish state, accept Israel, accept Palestine and accept peace? Could it be that if they did, they would no longer be "friends"?

Peace, and an economic partnership, would drive prosperity for both nations forever.

That deluded old American man may actually believe that the US can be persuaded to abandon Israel as if it was the old apartheid regime in South Africa but he of course is plain crazy. His job ultimately is to persuade Americans to abandon America. Israelis have their version. So does Australia. Every country does. It's just that in some countries they are free to say what they like and in other countries they get their heads chopped off  and in America they are freest of all. Surely that is the whole point on the subject of human rights.It is also at the very core of the relationship between the American and Israeli peoples and that's just for a start.

The nasty old hard core left just don't get that.

It matters not a jot of course that some of them are "Jews" and it is astonishing that there are people who think this is relevant or even interesting. The hard and not so hard left alike wave it around to ward off "antisemitism" as if it was an incense burner at an exorcism. There is nothing new about this. What is the claim here? That there are people who identify as "Jews" or "secular Jews", solely for the purpose of dumping on Israel and the Jews, while sitting in the safe warm lap of their liberal Australian universities or somewhere else a million miles away? That can't be the claim. Of course there are such people.

This should be said because we know what we are dealing with.The ugly old left behind those antisemitic outbursts in our streets and shopping centres have always loved useful idiots and right now "Jews" are especially useful. Likely the political cults have been trying to recruit them as policy for years, as if they were Jews for Jesus, on campuses around the world. They are needed in the blood brother alliance with militant Islamism in the war against Israel. Indeed are they claiming that the old hard left cannot produce "secular Jews" to run outright racist or even genocidal programs? Tell it to Trotsky.

When you join a cult you sell your soul.

Whether someone is an "antisemite", a dupe, just plain dumb or something else entirely is impossible to know unless you meet them and is in any event thankfully not my line. Likely it would require an examination of the inner and darker reaches of their mind. Yuk. However the notion that by this stage of this old and ugly game there is no room for the Jewish state between the river and the sea is antisemitic to the core and this needs to be said very clearly.

The Israel/Arab dispute, and in particular the horrible struggle with the Palestinians, is not a plaything.

It is not some kind of global interactive reality TV show put on for the amusement of the smug and comfortable in  Sydney, New York. London or anywhere else. It is a real live never ending horror story that should shame everybody it it has gone on for so long and in particular should shame Europeans. Never mind "ashamed Jews".

For the people living in that average sized cattle station between the river and the sea these are matters of life and death. Their lives and the very future of their children are at stake. Absolutely this is a matter of fundamental human rights. How much more fundamental can it get? These people are not to be used as toys by oversized brats in universities and elsewhere displaying symptoms of poor parenting and even poorer education. No matter how old they are.

The BDS campaign is antisemitic, pure and simple. It is an attack on human rights. It has nothing to do with the promotion of human rights, the Palestinians’ human rights least of all. It is astonishing that there are still voices in respectable circles that don’t get that. This is no youthful exuberance about racism or war under the mentorship of silly but harmless peter pan academics that we might remember from the seventies. This is a horrible and dangerous echo from a generation before.

The anti-Israel hysteria that the universities and left/liberal media have been whipping up like stockmarket urgers since Israel had the audacity to win the six day war has finally got to a tipping point. Those who genuinely care about the human rights of the Palestinians should do their very best to persuade them to accept the Jewish state and to accept the Palestinian state and to accept peace. The BDS campaign has focused on this tiny point like a laser just as Chomsky knew it would.Please do not pretend this is not antisemitism and through deploying these BDS tactics the campaigners have shone a torch on the very heart of the problem.

This nasty and incessant anti-Israel talk, identical to the antisemitic chatter of the 1930′s, should not be acceptable in polite circles, let alone in universities and the smug high brow media..
You have seen what it has lead to from Newtown to the Royal Albert Hall. You must know where it can go from here.

Antisemitism is an aggressive and infectious psychological illness but it can be cured with the snap of the fingers. This needs to be said more often. One of the most successful nations on the planet is to be torn down on the sole ground that it is the Jewish state? Why will they not accept the Jewish state?

Those looking for moral certainties in this old and horrible business will find them in the answer to that question.

Of course this is antisemitism hiding behind noxious labels as it always does and with a few Jews up front for cover as there always have been as well.

No state for the Jews. No peace for the Palestinians.

BDS has made this very plain.

They have the audacity to call this a humans rights campaign.

It should shame anybody who has anything to do with it.

Noam Chomsky will be in Sydney later this year to pick up his peace prize. Early November may have got suddenly interesting in the culture wars. Flashy local peter pan academics who have been preaching BDS to the kids may have a few interesting weeks ahead. 


October 5, 2011

Endzone - Melbourne Metro



Two metcops working in Melbourne's public transport system re-evaluate their morals when they are assigned posts on different sides of the tracks. In a world divided by the inner city zone and the outer rim zone the line between justice and injustice can be easily blurred, but for officers McCormack and Kalshenko this wild ride has only just begun.


Wednesday Wisdom

The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.

Cicero - 55 BC  
(that would be 2064 years ago)

October 1, 2011

BEST TEAM EVER

It's official:  best team EVER - 121 games, 105 wins; three grand finals in five years. 

Oh, and did I mention we denied Collingwood back to back premierships?  (They were dreamin'.)

GO THE CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Coach and Captain!
Brad and Trent
 
Brad Ottens waiving to my Mum