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A vice for every letter of the alphabet

A most delightful piece in today’s Fairfax press* in which Paul Sheehan goes through the problems with the greens in an entirely alphabetical manner.

A: ABCC. The Australian Building and Construction Commission was established to combat rampant corruption and intimidation in the building industry and has been highly effective. The main construction union, the CFMEU, has run a vociferous campaign to shut down the ABCC, which curbed the practice of building sites being threatened with industrial action unless they were ”paid up” with the union. The CFMEU has donated to the Greens. The Greens want the ABCC abolished.

B: Boat people. A left-wing obsession, thus the Greens send every possible green light to the people-smuggling trade under the argument that Australia has a moral obligation to absorb the world’s oppressed. No limit is ever set. No line is ever drawn. No hard decision is ever taken.

C: China. So great is the scale of power plant construction in China alone that even if Australia enforced a policy of zero greenhouse gas emissions, it would make almost no difference to global emissions. Thus Green urgency is based on principle rather than practical outcomes.

 

Paul Sheehan

It is at once both shocking and amazingly funny that one minor party should have a vice for every letter of the alphabet.

Cheers Comrades

With thanks to a Leon Bertrand who pointed out this piece to me
* Maybe even Fairfax is “over ” the Greens…..

21 Comments

  1. SockPuppet says:

    I dunno what is doing my head in the most Iain. Your GIF or the childlike Sesame Street take on the same topic by Pure Playschool:

    http://blogs.crikey.com.au/purepoison/2010/11/30/c-is-for-crappy/

    Muppets?

  2. SockPuppet says:

    BTW why is the GIF file named ‘Davidope’?

  3. Iain Hall says:

    Yeah I just found the Pure Playschool take of Paul’s piece and I am unsurprised by Dave’s take on it. That site has not done a post on “intellectual Dishonesty ” for so long that they will have to change their mission statement soon. All they ever seem to do these days is write whining posts about how the media is “picking on” the Greens.

    Sorry if the illustration does your head in Socky its meant to hypnotise the Latted up Greenies so that they can then be humanely put out of their misery 😉

  4. Paul Sheehan’s pieces was an appalling hatchet job. It was just a litany of old and malicious accusations, every one of them false. They were also clearly meant to appeal to the ancient prejudices of the Great Unloofah-ed, and were therefore highly emotive. But what would you expect from a man full of loathing for the planet and clearly pleased as punch with his gargantuan carbon footprint!

    Remember how Natasha Stott-Despoja wanted us to “change politics”? Well the Greens want us to transcend politics. It is actually possible, you know. But only if you surrender to the wisdom of Gaia. When you do, then the Greens policies all make perfect sense.

  5. Iain Hall says:

    Welcome to the Sandpit Derek
    Of course I don’t share your opinion that the Greens are the servants of Gaia.
    In fact I am going to make a radical suggestion to you and that is the sad truth that the Greens are in fact very much anti-Gaia quite simply because they have a fundamentally flawed understanding of just what is good for humanity and what is good for the planet.
    Why else would they be so keen on the sort of fools errand that is the foundation of their attempts to “mitigate” climate change?
    Any man made scheme to do this attempts to control the weather or the climate shows that humanity knows better than the goddess (which is very clear Hubris) and it is an obvious attempt to usurp the role of the goddess in regulating the planet.
    Worse still their attempts to create economic instruments like a Carbon Tax or an ETS just provides opportunities for the minions of Capitalistic greed to make shit loads of cash through yet another derivatives market without doing anything of substance.
    Om Shanti Om

    PS Love your new website , much better than your old Blogspot page 😉

  6. SockPuppet says:

    Derek is a profett and has profercised what will happen to Victoria for voting the coalition in. From his bloG:

    Gaia will not be amused, I can assure you. And She may punish the state with another natural disaster.

    Meanwhile swarms of locusts up to 25 km wide have crossed the Murray and are headed for Melbourne. Fires, floods and now … pestulance.

  7. Just the kind of nonsense I expected from you, Iain! To say that the Greens are anti-Gaia is like saying that feminists are anti-women.

    Not only is it completely wrong, and deeply offensive, but considering your race, gender and attitude to the environment you are simply not qualified to pass judgement on the subject. And if I had my way you would not be allowed to do so.

    And this idea that the Greens are trying to usurp the role of the goddess is as false as it is malicious. You wouldn’t even hug a tree, yet you claim to have deep and more accurate insights into what She is really thinking!

    Who elected you to speak on behalf of Gaia, Iain?

    Apalling. Just appalling.

    And SockPuppet: You may mock my predictions. But they will come to pass. So too will the catastrophic changes being predicted by climate change activists, unless we change our ways radically and immediately. Just you wait and see.

  8. SockPuppet says:

    I am not mocking you BoDerek. The locusts are headed straight to Hawthorn – Ted’s place.

  9. Iain Hall says:

    Derek
    Firstly let me say that I enjoy nothing more than considering pressing details of the Gaian theology.

    Just the kind of nonsense I expected from you, Iain!

    I try not to disappoint Derek!

    To say that the Greens are anti-Gaia is like saying that feminists are anti-women.

    Well you raise a most interesting comparison here my bejewelled friend because there is a great deal to be said for the argument that many feminists have totally misunderstood the nature of biology and that their advocacy for women to to peruse a career in preference to meeting the needs of the biological imperative (that we produce our replacements when we are most capable of doing so ) is profoundly anti-women and has been the cause of immeasurable suffering amongst the best and brightest women of my generation who now find themselves in the thrall of the profit driven fertility industry. So yes maybe your comparison between the Greens and feminism is a good one because both have some very wrong headed ideas about biology, science and the world we live in that hold a potential for some real harm to our society.

    Not only is it completely wrong, and deeply offensive, but considering your race, gender and attitude to the environment you are simply not qualified to pass judgement on the subject. And if I had my way you would not be allowed to do so.

    What do you know about my attitude to the environment Derek? Further what does my gender or race ( which is human BTW) have to do with it?
    In case you have not noticed we live in a democracy which means that I am just as entitled to express an opinion as you are and I’ll tell you now I am determined to exercise my right to speak on this and any other subject I please.

    And this idea that the Greens are trying to usurp the role of the goddess is as false as it is malicious. You wouldn’t even hug a tree, yet you claim to have deep and more accurate insights into what She is really thinking!

    I am an independent minded Chap but that also means that I have never bought into the notion of prophets or priests who seek to put themselves between we ordinary people and the deity (however you perceive her to be) on any matter of theology. Such things are of course precisely what the Greens try to do with their pronouncements on climate change and industrial society. I say that they are false prophets who have a Marxist agenda that they have clothed in the vestments of the goddess and in doing so they dishonour her. As for trees I am custodian of a small part of this planet that has under my stewardship grown lush and green where animals and birds thrive.

    Who elected you to speak on behalf of Gaia, Iain?

    Why the Goddess herself of course. 😉

    Appalling. Just appalling.

    Ask and you can be forgiven Derek, but only if you show true contrition 🙂

    And SockPuppet: You may mock my predictions. But they will come to pass. So too will the catastrophic changes being predicted by climate change activists, unless we change our ways radically and immediately. Just you wait and see.

    I’ll give you a hint about millenarian predictions and it is this, make them more ambiguous and then you have more wriggle room when they don’t materialise as you expected .

    Shanti Om Shanti

  10. gigdiary says:

    Hi Derek

    I love your website. I really do. Your article on Vile Kyle vs Leso Clover was great, except for the bits about demanding an apology for witches burnt at the stake. Also I like it because it shows that as long as people who think like you are Greens supporters, the Greens will never play a major role in Australian politics.

    BTW, I’m headed to Victoria in a few weeks, could you hold off on the plague and pestilence till after the New Year?

  11. gigdiary says:

    PS Derek

    Shine On You Crazy Diamond

  12. SockPuppet says:

    What are the Greens doing about locusts?

    Nothing!

    See ……

  13. gigdiary says:

    you got locusts down there? geez… not in Newport or Leopold I hope…bloody Greens, it’s all their fault, calling the wrath of Gaia on the coldest, most miserable state in Australia…

  14. SockPuppet says:

    Not even the locusts would go to Geelong, GigGuy.

  15. SockPuppet says:

    Here is the story:

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/locust-swarms-cross-murray-river-heading-to-melbourne/story-e6frf7kx-1225965738694

    They came from YOUR State – the wet State. The flooded State. The State of corruption. The State of no hope. New. South. Wales.

  16. gigdiary says:

    Yeah, but we’ve still got the hottest Premier, at least until March…and she follows me on Twitter, how cool is that?

  17. gigdiary says:

    Geez, Derek’s got a lot to answer for…Stupid Gaia

  18. SockPuppet says:

    You should ask KK for a root. Dont forget to record consent.

  19. Really, Iain, your infantile reactions are so typical. I give you the benefit of my wisdom, and you respond with mockery. Perhaps I should just ignore you … But I won’t, since you clearly need some attitudinal reconstruction.

    Firstly, quite disturbingly you say that women ignore the “biological imperative”. But there is no biological imperative anywhere, Iain! Don’t you see, biology and science are simply social constructs. They are the tools of the peenie-waving patriarchy. Contrary to the “rational” perspective, we are not real living things with a spiritual dimension. We are spiritual entities who inhabit physical bodies. The same can be said of all animals and plants.

    So, much as Margaret Thatcher said “there’s no such thing as society” I say “there’s no such thing as biology”. The difference is that she was horribly wrong and I am deeply, irrefutably and cosmically correct!

    Also, you deny the existence of Gaia with your desperate resort to science. Yet then you say that the goddess Herself has given you authority to speak for Her. How can you commune with an entity you clearly do not believe in, Iain?

    Ha! Gotcha!

    SockPuppet: I thought you were joking about that locust plague thing. But I Googled it and yes it did occur. So, thanks for pointing that out. You just showed that my predictions were right after all.

    Gigdiary: Thanks for the compliment. I always thought of myself as “crazy brave” so to be called a “crazy diamond” is even better.

  20. Iain Hall says:

    Hi Derek
    Well thanks once again for encouraging me to give some deep thought to to the nature of Gaian theology 😉

    Really, Iain, your infantile reactions are so typical. I give you the benefit of my wisdom, and you respond with mockery. Perhaps I should just ignore you … But I won’t, since you clearly need some attitudinal reconstruction.

    I really think that there is absolutely nothing in my attitude that needs “reconstruction”I live my life in a manner that has the smallest possible ecological footprint, I have an almost infinite reverence for life but by the same token I don’t see humanity as being outside of nature which is to my mind a serious shortcoming in Judeo-Christian thinking. So despite having a deep and abiding disbelief in anything supernatural I nurture my appreciation of the wonder that there is find in life and nature. Which you must surely recognise is the fundamental foundation to any sort of Gaian philosophy.

    Firstly, quite disturbingly you say that women ignore the “biological imperative”. But there is no biological imperative anywhere, Iain! Don’t you see, biology and science are simply social constructs. They are the tools of the peenie-waving patriarchy. Contrary to the “rational” perspective, we are not real living things with a spiritual dimension. We are spiritual entities who inhabit physical bodies. The same can be said of all animals and plants.

    You misunderstand what I am saying here Derek. all living things are driven to reproduce before they die and usually their most fertile period is just after they have reached physical maturity. that goes for plants and for all animals it is absolutely the way that the natural world works. Biology and science may well be “social constructs” but as a way of understanding how the world works that does not in any way invalidate them. That said by insisting that procreation is a an “optional extra” for women Feminists go against the the very nature of life itself. Surely it makes sense to acknowledge and work with the fact that the best time to make and nurture children is when we are young. wouldn’t you say that it is what the Goddess would want? The problem with feminism is that it does not want to acknowledge that both men and women have aspects to their nature which are complementary to the other . They want to argue that gender is an entirely constructed concept and they dream of a world where men are the same as women when this is clearly not the case at all. Neither is superior to the other but you can’t pretend that they the same.

    So, much as Margaret Thatcher said “there’s no such thing as society” I say “there’s no such thing as biology”. The difference is that she was horribly wrong and I am deeply, irrefutably and cosmically correct!

    Sorry to be the one to burst your bubble Derek but both you and Thatcher are wrong. In the first instance there is no doubt that Biology as a study of living things certainly exists and it enables even the most rational mind to understand the beauty and wonder that is life in a way that the intuitive can do by instinct. This is in so sense contrary to any appreciation of the Goddess for it could well be argued that as it is a product of a living creature it is by definition part of the interconnected whole that forms her body on this planet.

    Also, you deny the existence of Gaia with your desperate resort to science. Yet then you say that the goddess Herself has given you authority to speak for Her. How can you commune with an entity you clearly do not believe in, Iain?

    I deny only the supernatural which does not preclude me form appreciating that the concept of Gaia as espoused by Lovelock, namely Gai is a shorthand for suggestion that everything on the surface of the earth living and inert is part of one massive living thing that is self perpetuating and actively maintaining the environmental conditions on the planet so that life will continue to exist and thrive here.

    Ha! Gotcha!

    No not all I think that I remain very much at large on this question

    Om

  21. SockPuppet says:

    Bo Derek said > “we are not real living things with a spiritual dimension. We are spiritual entities who inhabit physical bodies”

    Sorta like demons?

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