In my younger days I participated in various protests. It was political street theater then and its the same thing now. The difference is that then it had a point then and now well its for such a grab bag of pointless posturing that all achieves is a jump in sales for inner city Latte purveyors. One thing is clear though and that it proves what a disconnected bunch of posturing wankers our friends from the left have become. Courtesy of my twitter feed here are a couple of the more amusing images :
Its all of the usual suspects, making the usual complaints in the very tedious old fashioned manner None of it will be remembered beyond Tuesday (that attractive volunteer may be remembered till Thursday! 😉 ) and nothing will change in the polity as a result of this piece of nonsense.
Rollin on Comrades
As a parent there is nothing more useful and informative than your child’s report card because it lets you know where your offspring are succeeding and more importantly what part of their education needs further effort. As such I welcomed the introduction of NAPLAN testing because its nationally consistent methodology and its easy to comprehend reporting does a good job of telling parents where our children stand in relation to their fellows on the all important skills of literacy and numeracy I also like the fact that this is a test for which there can be no “cramming”. Which is why I found the piece in today’s Age rather strange:
I can’t help but think that Kevin Pope is entirely divorced form the real world and far too hung up with the ideology of multiculturalism which seeks to accommodate new arrivals from other cultures rather than help them become part of the greater Australian society. Kevin clearly needs to realise the same simple truth that my late father in law used to enunciate to his mother when she would speak to him in their native Dutch “This is Australia, we speak ENGLISH here” because there is no escaping the fact that all new arrivals and for that matter all indigenous people for whom English is a second language, will not find a fruitful life unless they are competent in English. Language competency is the core business of our schools and If Kevin Pope can’t deliver that or at least give delivering that his best shot then surely he has no business being in the teaching game at all.
As an avid follower of the media, its trends and moods, I of course take an interest in significant developments and here is one that caught my eye yesterday:
Almost 100 sub-editors positions will be cut as part of plans to transform newspaper production by outsourcing the process.
Fairfax Media chief executive Greg Hywood yesterday prompted threats of strike action when he announced the sub-editing of news, sport and business at the flagship mastheads would be moved to Pagemasters, an external company owned by Australian Associated Press.
The “subs” edit stories, check facts, wording and spelling, watch for legal problems, lay out pages as well as write headlines and captions.
Fairfax journalists met yesterday to express concerns that taking this function away from the editorial floor would not only cost jobs but also reduce the quality of finished copy.
Its just that I wonder what an unemployed sub-editor can possibly do next? Maybe they could try writing books, but if they have already had a go at that and they have produced only duds for their publisher that option will not keep them in Chai Lattes, Hmm its a tough one…
But more seriously this issue seems to me to be one of the relentless march of technology making the mechanistic job of sub-editing a newspaper not so much less important but able to be accomplished far less expensively. After all in the age of spell-check does Fairfax really need that expensive extra layer of scrutiny for their copy? Personally I feel for about 99% of the sub-editors who are about to lose their jobs. It is always tough to have to re-invent your life when its foundations are shaken by events beyond your control, but as scions of “progress” and “progressive thought” they will just have to wear it won’t they? Strangely if they do decide to strike they may just prove that their role is in fact as management clearly thinks it to be, less than necessary these days .
In colloquial terms a person is someone’s bitch when they are subservient to their will, this term of derision is freely used when describing individuals of both genders and while it may seem rather crude, when it comes to describing the relationship between Gillard and Brown on the environmental issue de jour. There is some merit in the terminology.
Of more concern to me is the lack of an apostrophe to designate the possessive case in the word “Browns”. It is usually the left who make such basic orthographic errors and I am deeply disturbed that one of my fellow conservative/sceptics has been remiss enough to have missed the most important punctuation marks from their placard…
To be honest I have been amazed at the rancour of the many minions of the left over the pithy signs at this rally its not as if the minions of the left have never been lacking in good taste or due respect to the leaders of the nation when the coalition have been the subject of the people’s ire in public protests, In my youth I vividly remember some lefty wag writing (in metre high letters) on the wall of the Milton underpass. “DOES FLO GIVE JOH A (BLOW) JOB?” after Joh made her a senator to fill a casual vacancy that was certainly crude but it was also bitingly funny and how many times have the left referred to Tony Abbott as the “the mad monk”? Look such things are horses for courses in our political dialogue and if one side can do it freely then so to can the other.
We have a most robust democracy that does not allow excessively obsequious deference to our political leaders, that is one of the strengths of our egalitarian society and to my mind that makes Australia a better democracy than is evident in the USA where they revere their leaders in a way that is entirely alien to us. All I can say to the lefties who are getting upset about signs like the one at the top of this piece is, well, grow some and stop pretending that our democracy is not robust enough to tolerate a little justified derision of those we have in power (or of those who aspire to power), it helps to keep them grounded and free of hubris and that has to be a good thing.
Update just compare the following images and consider their tone and content compared to those exhibited yesterday:
When I see a post open like this I do a double take:
Because I am sure that “exclude” does not fit in that context as the definition below demonstrates:
tr.v.ex·clud·ed, ex·clud·ing, ex·cludes1. To prevent from entering; keep out; bar: a jar sealed to exclude outside air; an immigration policy that excludes undesirables.2. To prevent from being included, considered, or accepted; reject: The court excluded the improperly obtained evidence.3. To put out; expel.
[Middle English excluden, from Latin excldere : ex-, ex- + claudere, to shut.]
In fact if you follow that instruction reading the post you are left with this:
Yesterday’s Law Report provides useful context for last week’s High Court decision that overturned the unjust process put in place by the ALP and the Liberals for dealing with asylum seekers who arrive by boat.
(Please exclude the following large slabs of quoted material; believe me, the details are both interesting and outrageous.)
First, who’s actually been making these life and death decisions:
And how they’ve been acting unjustly:
There have been even worse injustices:
And outright cockups:
And the ultimate cause of all this? Mandatory detention itself:
Could it be any clearer? The whole stupid system, founded in xenophobic panic, needs to be restored to the way it was before we started locking up people without charge. And promptly.
Hmm I think the word that he was looking for is “excuse” isn’t it amazing how just one word use in the wrong context can undermine even the most passionate argument for a cause that the author is so keen on promoting?
Readers may recall me chiding our learned friend because he addressed me as “mate” in a comment to a previous post. It rather amused me to see that a magistrate has sent someone to the cells for using the same form of address in his courtroom.
Thomas John Collins was sent to the cells after twice calling Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin “mate” during a hearing last week.
When Magistrate McLaughlin objected ordering Collins to address him as “sir or your honour”, the defendant replied “okay mate” and was sent for a stint in the cells.
He later returned to the courtroom to apologise.
Ipswich City Councillor Paul Tully said the incident followed another in Toowoomba, where a magistrate hauled two tradesmen before the court for making too much noise, and threatened to charge them with contempt.
Cr Tully said the pomposity of some magistrates had gone too far.
“It is getting out of control,” he said.
“Some of these magistrates see themselves as Lord of the Fiefdom.”
He said there was nothing “more Australian than calling someone mate” and it was hard to believe someone could be locked up for using the word.
“It’s probably time for magistrates to understand they have a wide variety of people before them and calling someone mate is a term of endearment,” Cr Tully said.
“I say to every magistrate – Come on mate, get off your high horse and show some tolerance.”
Don’t get me wrong, I love the egalitarian aspect of calling someone “mate” I do it all the time myself and it is especially handy when you have forgotten someone’s name. While the use of “mate” becomes an almost automatic figure of speech for some people (and one that is far less objectionable than the use “fuck” as a universal conjunctive ) as I suspect is the case with Mr John Collins but for others it is is something that is more deliberate and used only in the most condescending manner. So which is worth of sanction? The man who uses the term in general without a second thought (even when its inappropriate) or the man who uses it as an element of his sarcasm?