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The all sneer no substance academic

After recent exchanges with University of Canberra Academic Jason Wilson, I have formed the view that there is a wide gulf between his own esteem of his knowledge and intellect and the far less impressive reality.

There is no doubt that Wilson fancies himself – this is evident from his sneering during twitter debates and his presumptuous claim to know more about the Middle East than the experienced journalists at The Australian.

One of our debates concerned whether the terrorist threat in Australia was real or whether it was just a beat up. Strangely, Wilson believed that the number of non-terror related homicides was relevant to this question:

Never mind the terrorist threat. Look at the number of men killing their partners!

Never mind the terrorist threat. Look at the number of men killing their partners!

So according to Wilson’s logic, we should not be concerned about men killing their partners either, because this number is dwarfed by the number of people who die every year in motor vehicle accidents.

Moreover, there are a couple of other problems with Wilson’s argument, as I pointed out:

To pointiout the social effects of terrorism is to engage in nationalist fantasies.

“To point out the social effects of terrorism is to engage in nationalist fantasies.”

According to Jason Wilson, there is no unity in Australian society. For a fellow who deems himself to have a very sound knowledge of international affairs, this appears to show that Wilson does not understand that compared to many other countries, Australia is one of the most harmonious.

However, in spite of his pompous demeanor, the exchange shows that Wilson does not really think through the issues at all. It is plain that he has not considered that some terrorist attacks have killed thousands, and that a successful terrorist attack in Australia could well drive a wedge between mainstream Australian society and certain parts of the Muslim community. His only response is to accuse me of believing in a “nationalist fantasy”.

Finally, just today Wilson accused me of making up the fact that he supported some form of media regulation. Whilst I could not find the tweet where Wilson indicated as such to me, I was able to find an article he wrote for the Drum in 2012. Whilst the article does not endorse the  recommendations of the Finkelstein Report, the following comments reveal that Wilson does consider a free media market to be unsatisfactory and would support some form of media regulation:

It’s a shame that most of the Finkelstein Independent Media Inquiry Report will go unread by many of those who are damning it…. The problems it identifies are real enough, and pressing.

Australia has the worst concentration of media ownership in the developed world – no other country has, or likely would have, allowed things to get to this point… There are no truly effective remedies for ordinary people with few resources, whom the news media prints lies about, whose privacy is invaded, or whose careers are ruined by baseless reporting.

It is a shame that, rather than seeing the online space as cacophonous and unruly, Finkelstein didn’t instead offer ways in which diversity and sustainability might be promoted for a better media future.

As you can see, I did not “make it up”. I was right. Wilson does want media regulation.

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Death of Aussie athletics in a photo

(by Ray Dixon ~ no longer a proud Australian)

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Genevieve LaCaze gets her “little bit of fame”

If Athletics Australia is looking for answers to our worst Commonwealth Games results since 1986, they need look no further than the antics (and comments) of one Genevieve LaCaze, the self-admitted attention-seeking GenY so-called “athlete”, who after only finishing 5th in a less-than-inspiring performance in the 3000m steeplechase felt, nonetheless, entitled to her “little bit of fame” by making world-wide headlines ‘Stage Bombing’ Kylie Minogue’s closing ceremony performance.

All for attention:

Australians stole the show at the closing ceremony for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games with the baton for 2018 handed over to the Gold Coast.

Jessica Mauboy and Kylie Minogue performed on stage with one surprise Aussie guest: steeplechase runner Genevieve LaCaze hopped on stage and danced alongside Minogue and other performers, waving a miniature Australian flag.

The athlete, who is celebrating her 25th birthday on Monday, was centre stage for nearly a minute before being gently ushered away by security.

“I just wanted a little bit of claim to fame,” LaCaze told Channel Ten after the ceremony.

“I wanted a little bit of TV time, I am turning 25, so why not.” LaCaze said that, while she still did not know if she would be disciplined for her actions, she had no regrets.

‘‘The opportunity to dance with Kylie Minogue doesn’t come around every lifetime, so I took it,” she told Brisbane radio station B105.

And making matter worse the report goes on to inform us that:

Twitter erupted in cheers for the cheeky LaCaze.

“In cheers”? Am I the only one who sees the problem here? Who sees what’s happening with our current crop of athletes caught up in the selfie culture of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other forms of various social media hero (and self) worship?

I am reminded of Paul Newman’s famous line from the classic movie Cool Hand Luke, “What we have here is a failure to communicate” …. only in reverse. What we have here is an over-communication and a failure to focus (on the job at hand). What we have here is a generation (called “Y”) brainwashed and brain-deaded by the lure of so-called fame on their little iPhone screens. Addicted to the applause and ‘you-go-girl’ accolades from their fellow ‘friends’ and followers (who are nobodies in themselves) for just being a jerk. I’m only surprised that LaCaze didn’t take a selfie while she was up there with Kylie.

These same distractions caused by addiction to social media were pinpointed as a major reason for Australian athletes underperforming at the 2012 London Olympics too. Especially our swimmers, who were constantly being “cheered on” (without achieving anything) by their adoring and misguided followers. Why didn’t we learn that big heads don’t win races?

Before you call me an old grump stuck in the past and point to the likes of Dawn Fraser’s post Olympic Games antics in Tokyo in 1964 (when Dawn climbed up a flag pole and stole a flag), well yeah, if Dawn were of this time and era she might have done the Genevieve thing too. But there’s a difference – a bloody big difference. Compare and contrast the two:

  1. Dawn Fraser had just completed her 3rd multi-gold medal winning Olympics. She was our greatest ever female swimmer, world record holder and a totally committed & focused athlete just letting off some well-earned steam. Genevieve LaCaze is an under-achieving good-time girl. A nobody on the rankings and (at 25) unlikely to ever win a major event.
  2. Dawn Fraser was promptly banned from competitive swimming (anywhere in the world) for 10 years, effectively ending her stellar career. Genevieve LaCaze is likely to get off with a slap on the wrist, if that. And she’s being “cheered” on Twitter?!!?

But yeah, it’s a real hoot, aint it Gen-Gen (Y)? You got your ‘One minute of fame’ but it’s a pity you didn’t decide to do that on the track. You see, “the opportunity to dance with Kylie Minogue doesn’t come around every lifetime (sic)” and neither does the opportunity to do something of real meaning and worth. Maybe you should have taken that instead?

(PS to Iain: I don’t use Twitter but you’re welcome to send Genevieve a tweet with a link to this post. Someone needs to tell her … and Athletics Australia …. that this ain’t good enough)

@ShutUpIain shuts up shop, or another cowardly scumbag caught out

 

There are days when you just have too look out of your window and be thankful for the sunshine , well to day is such a day because I have just managed to get a stalker off my back. This creep set up a twitter with the lovely Tittle of @  This scumbag has been harassing me with this little stalking horse since March.

 It was not Twitter support that took down the page it was me posting this tweet:

Yes Comrades it was just another example of  how certain people think that being anonymous on the net gives them License  to stalk and harass  people.  Now were I to be a vengeful man I might, at this point be tempted to name this creep, which could well ruin his life, destroy his small business and frankly bring utter havoc into his life, Believe me the temptation to do so is really  really strong because this is not the first time I have had to deal with his creepy obsession with me. I have actually banned him form commenting here under three or four different pseudonyms but he just keeps coming back to try it on again and again.

Well I won’t beat around the bush @  next time you try this sort of crap on I won’t hold back , I won’t think twice about how making you own your bile I won’t care if my revelations might hurt your family, I will name you very publicly and I will make a complaint to the appropriate authorities about you stalking me, your nasty online behavior will come back to haunt you and you will think that your life has become a Stephen King Novel without a happy ending.

Am I making myself absolutely clear @?  Just go away and live your life in peace without ever trying to comment at my blog, or attacking  me elsewhere. Frankly you should just go away from anywhere on the net that I frequent and just pray that I never find you harassing me again because there will be no more chances, no more compassion for you and you tiny insignificant life so think twice and then think twice again before you try to harass me because you WILL regret it.

That is a promise!

 

I truly hope that I never have to write this sort of post again I am just so sick of all of the old blog war stuff which is in internet terms very ancient history indeed sometimes a man  has just got to make the journey and fight the good fight even when they don’t really want to.

Cheers Comrades

 

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Miss Palm and her five daughters

if there is one thing that Queensland seems to do in spades its produce populist political nutters with god complexes after the rise and fall and massive ego of  of Pauline Hanson we now have Clive Palmer.  Who now thinks that he will be able to ride the coat tails of his own propaganda machine into some sort of real power in the state government here.

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I’ll give him credit for having lots of front but the test of his eponymous party will be when its senators take up their seats. Some how I think that we will see a re run of the “one nation show” where a cohort of non politicians got into office only to find that their leader and inspiration was a totally delusional player who believed her own propaganda. Palmer makes Hanson look like a political genius by comparison. Worse yet he has the dosh to play the game in a way that Hanson and One nation could only dream of.

In another place I was asked about what we conservatives find funny, given the fact that the majority of comedians and other “creative” types tend to be left wing. Well Palmer makes me chuckle every time he is mentioned. Its not just his posturing and tendency to the outlandish (like dinosaurs on his golf course and the Titanic 11)but its also his childlike grudges and essentially acting like a spoilt brat when he can’t get what he wants. Newman stymied his development ambitions so now Palmer wants to take over the state government…

Only in Queensland Comrades

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Sigh………………….

Jeremy Sear’s election woes

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Victorian lefty Jeremy Sear has his own election rant, with an unpersuasive and long-winded post attacking the Coalition and advocating a vote for the Greens.

Firstly, Jeremy mocks the Coalition’s claims of waste, even though Labor has blown billions on  pink batts, overpriced school halls, massive subsidies to the highly unionised car industry, overpriced set top boxes, carbon tax compensation, a larger public service, the climate change department, green schemes, foreign aid directed at getting us on the security council, and so on.

Then Jeremy claims that the Coalition’s waste argument is discredited because their costings reveal only a modest improvement in the bottom line. So there! If there really was billions of waste, the Coalition would surely have brought in greater savings, right?

There are a few reasons why Jeremy’s argument is plain silly:

1) The Coalition’s reductions in government outlays are modest because they do not want Labor to mount an effective scare campaign. Anyone following the campaign will have noticed Kevin Rudd and Labor warning of Coalition cuts.

2) The Coalition’s paid maternity leave scheme is a costly promise which makes it a lot harder for the Coalition to substantially improve the bottom line. Jeremy is a support of PML. I am not. I am voting for the Coalition (LNP)  in spite of this policy.

3) Jeremy assumes that Labor if re-elected won’t introduce any new spending that again blows the bottom line, when the last six years of profligacy show that this is almost uncertainly a completely false assumption. Remember when Labor promised to restrict real expenditure growth to 2% per annum?  Remember when Labor promised to have a balanced budget over the business cycle?  Remember when Labor promised a surplus in 2012/13? All of these promises have been flagrantly breached.  Labor needs to be judged on its track record, not its promises.

4)  The Coalition will in its first term have a commission of audit, which will allow it to implement savings in its second term.

I also loved this howler:

Are you really set on voting Liberal no matter what they do?

Because your power bills are up? Only a very tiny percentage of that has anything to do with the so-called “carbon tax” – 90% of it is because the states run by Tony Abbott’s party have let the power producers increase all their other charges

As a matter of fact, the carbon tax has been responsible for a large portion of recent increases. But Jeremy seems to be suggesting that state governments should require their own ‘power producers’ to run at a loss. In which case the taxpayer picks up the tab.  So according to Jeremy, you should be glad if the state subsidises your power bills in order to prevent higher prices, even though you pay more in tax as a result.

Also amusing is Jeremy’s rather mild criticism of Labor:

Look, I agree that the ALP have been a disappointing government, blowing in the wind and fighting with each other. 

Presumably if Labor hadn’t engaged in any infighting or ‘blowing in the wind’ they would have been a good government, in spite of the many Labor policy failures I outlined in my last post. Talk about looking at the most superficial things rather than policy.

Like Ray, Jeremy fails to acknowledge those debacles. This confirms my view that anyone saying that Labor should be re-elected would have to. The more you list the facts, the more it becomes obvious that Labor needs to lose.

But the facts have never been on the side of Greenies. That’s why Jeremy has been so easy to dominate in argument over the years.

New Again Dear Leader to make a stellar announcement today

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Sandpit Exclusive

I am glad to be able to share with our readers the result of a leak from within the ALP of the New Again Dear Leader’s visionary plans to relocate our entire Air force to a brand new location with a new global mission. Today at the debate with Tony Abbott the New Again Dear Leader will be announcing that our primary air base will be the international space station which the New Again Dear Leader has agreed to buy at a minuscule Billion billion dollars. and to pay for this great leap forward the New Again Dear Leader will be instituting a new tax on orgasms made possible by the interactive possibilities of smart phone technology ,twitter and the NBN.

Find below an extract from a draft  the New Again Dear Leader’s opening speech also leaked to the Sandpit:

Friends we face the  great challenge of just how we can be a global player in the affairs of the world when we are so isolated in the southern hemisphere and all of the great theatres of war are in the north, So to answer this global challenge there can be only one way that we can have the correct technological specificity and ensure that we have the most certain suck of the sauce bottle we have to nationalise the international space station and make it the forward operating base for our aircraft. Of course Mister Abbott will tell you that this can not be done and that we as a nation can not afford  the cost of such a scheme but what else would you expect from the man who has been so negative? He has no vision and no understanding of the greatness that the Australian Labor Party can bring to this nation of ours.

Further on in the speech he explains just how  the orgasm tax will work:

Its is well known that we are a nation of innovators and that is why this new O-tax will be such a screaming success,  by implanting a sub-dermal micro chip under the skin of every Australian and linking their output to the NBN we will be able to tell when every Australian experiences orgasm and they will then be charged the minuscule sum of  $5.68.  to incentivise the nation there will be a discount for those who orgasm with the greatest frequency, so   with 24 million Aussies reaching a crescendo of pleasure, pulling for the nation so to speak, on a regular basis we will very quickly  accumulate enough funds to fund both the purchase the space station and the supporting infrastructure .

Being a man of political balance I have of course sought  out a response from the leader of the opposition and a spokesperson  for Tony Abbott told me this over the phone:

“Rudd is just projecting his masturbation fantasies here mate just as he is about moving the Navy north its all a load of rubbish about buying the space station however I do think the orgasm tax is a dinkum Idea from the New Again Dear Leader and its designed to drain the funds from the Greens who we all know are the biggest mob of wankers in the country …”

So in the end this is obviously the sort of nonsense that we can expect form a desperate regime who know that they are beaten and will promise the country the skies themselves even though they know and we know that they know that they are incapable of delivering any of their ever more fanciful wild promises.

Cheers Comrades

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You can bet on it, but advertising gambling is bad for us

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Does gambling improve sport?

I’m not a gambling man by any stretch of the imagination, heck I don’t even buy lottery tickets but I am no wowser either I don’t care if other people want to have a flutter on the ponies or any other competition. On top of that I am lightning fast on the channel change button if I find sport on the TV. None the less I do have an opinion about the current issue of advertising by bookies during sports broadcasts. I just think that the infusion of gambling to be utterly pernicious and that makes me in agreement with Julia Gillard (oh the humanity!) but I am inclined to think that a total ban on the broadcast  advertising of  bookmaking would be the most socially beneficial regulation.

Cheers Comrades

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Are we there yet on Carbon Trading?

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I have been arguing for years that carbon trading schemes are virtually Ponzi schemes that are bound to collapse and the European scheme certainly seems to be following the script that I imagined. The fringe benefit of this is clearly watching the Australian Labor Party making even greater fools of themselves every time their “fixed price” Carbon tax rises as it is scheduled to do in June. If our “Carbon price” is already many times the price of European traded value imagine the pain felt by Labor when the carbon tax rises and the European price falls yet again as I think it will.

So I ask again does anyone seriously think that, after the election, any Labor MP or senator will inflict further pain upon the greatly depleted party by opposing the repeal of this ludicrous carbon tax and all of its accompanying administrative apparatus?

The party is a laughing stock now so just imagine how silly it will look standing up for the tax that has utterly destroyed its credibility.

Cheers Comrades

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