Once, the hallmark of great journalism was the pursuit, without fear or favour, of facts that could damage the powerful. Michael Smith did just that and was sacked. The majority of journalists, who should have swarmed on the story like a blowie on a steamer, just hoped – because they were hopelessly biased – it would simply disappear. Chickens. Home. Roost.
Haunted past 10/12/2013
Nil Bill 8/12/2013
Quieter than a church mouse, that’s Opposition leader Bill Shorten.
A commenter at Piers Akerman’s blog asks whether Electricity Bill has been swimming at Cheviot Beach.
Sledge trimmers 4/12/2013
Sledging at cricket is the latest issue to get up the skirts of the “tsk-tsk” brigade.
Janet Albrechsten delivers a bouncer to the humourless, non-competitive sooks who are forever on the hunt for something to aggrieve their precious sensibilities.
What a relief, then, to hear that coach Darren Lehmann wants to see Australian cricket return to the golden eras of Lillee and Thomson, the Chappells and Steve Waugh, of Hughes, Rodney Marsh and Allan Border when Australia was “defined by a good, hard brand of cricket”. Recalling the “aggressive, in-your-face cricket” when players expressed themselves in the game, Lehmann commended the theatre around Australia’s Mitchell Johnson, “right down to the fact that his new moustache brought back memories of the 70s with the stars and their handlebar mos”.
The mos can go. But if we are to celebrate the best of the 70s, let’s also praise another un-PC phenomenon: 70s parenting. It was a time when parents could be parents and kids could be kids. When riding your bicycle until dark was the norm. When your family had one telephone, attached to a wall by a cord, in the middle of a house with no privacy. When weekends were long, lazy stretches watching Test cricket and those renegades in World Series Cricket, instead of being ferried around from one activity to the next. When, if you stuffed up as a kid, you sorted it out yourself as best you could, instead of running home to mum to complain.
National disgrace 3/12/2013
It’s difficult not to conclude the taxpayer-funded ABC has flirted with treachery by bellowing our national security forces’ vital activities.
Senator George Brandis revealed in parliament yesterday that some prime scalps collected by agencies, which the national broadcaster has sought to damage, include extremists linked to the al-Shabab terrorist group in the August 2009 plot to carry out a suicide attack on Holsworthy Army Barracks in Sydney. Five men were charged, and three, Wissam Fattal, Saney Edow Aweys and Nayef el-Sayed, were convicted.
Security forces also uncovered terrorist cells based in Sydney and Melbourne who worked together to plan attacks, including a strike on the 2005 AFL Grand Final. This was revealed by the multi-agency Operation Pendennis which found the network was headed by radical Melbourne cleric Abdul Nacer Benbrika, also referred to as Abu Bakr, who along with seven followers in Melbourne was convicted of terrorism in 2009.
Later that year, five more of his followers in Sydney were found guilty of planning the same attack.
Some critics say Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull needs to show some spine and severely punish the ABC and its leadership. I disagree. Turnbull should do everything in his power to allow the broadcaster to enjoy the freedom, rewards and self-satisfaction found in the open market.
Taxpayers would be saved billions, too. A win-win all round I’d reckon.
Why don’t you all f-fade away 2/12/2013
Well, he ain’t died and he’s gettin’ old.
We won’t try to dig what he’s s-s-s-sayin’, but Roger’s gettin’ all political.
ROCK legend Roger Daltrey believes the European Union will “fly apart at the seams” due its own meddling bureaucracy.
Since joining the union movement as a paid official at 17, Australian Workers Union national secretary Paul Howe has never sweated as an adult to produce anything of value. Yet, Howe feels qualified to denigrate those who through hard work, intellect, ambition and resourcefulness garner massive riches for this nation.
INFLUENTIAL trade union leader Paul Howes says the era of “ma and pa farming” in Australia needs to end if the nation is to position itself as the food bowl of Asia.
Up and at `em 1/12/2013
Yes, we’re been told for centuries that Europeans are superior in matters of taste.
Not sure Europhiles had this in mind:
Police on Wednesday found body parts on a property in the Ore Mountains, in the eastern German state of Saxony, that, according to German tabloid Bild, came from a murder carried out as part of a cannibal fetish act.
I guess the accused could plead he was just following a French influence.
A suspected cannibal killed a 90-year-old in a sleepy southern French village then pulled his heart and tongue out with the apparent intention of eating them with white beans, sources close to the case said Friday.
We’re gradually moving goods and chattels into new digs. It was all worthwhile to hear the beloved wholeheartedly effuse: “I just love this place”.
Nouvelle cuisine 16/11/2013
Planning a hearty meal.
AFP – A suspected cannibal killed a 90-year-old in a sleepy southern French village then pulled his heart and tongue out with the apparent intention of eating them with white beans, sources close to the case said Friday.
Looks like ‘Bama-boy has stuffed up big time.
Nearly 40 House Democrats defied President Obama and helped the Republican majority pass a bill Friday that lets Americans keep, for one year, health plans that do not comply with Obamacare.
The defections from 39 members of Mr. Obama’s party highlighted the pressure on Congress to help people who lost coverage because of the president’s signature law, as balky websites keep a veil over alternative plans and pressure mounts on the Democrat-led Senate to forge a remedy.
It’s been a tragic year for shearwaters, with masses of the starving birds washed up on Australian beaches from Queensland to south-west Victoria. Hundreds seen along the beaches and in the dunes west of Thunder Point yesterday.
Whatever’s responsible, seems it’s at least from natural causes. Unlike here:
Proven liars 14/11/2013
Typhoon Haiyan has wrought a massive amount of rubbish. Much of it written or broadcast.
This controversy is about the claim that the typhoon Haiyan was the strongest tropical cyclone that ever made a landfall, and so on. You can see this preposterous misinformation almost everywhere.
Better not reveal this to the beloved:
A Wisconsin man called 911 early Sunday morning and asked for assistance in removing a snoring woman from his bed, police report.
Point of view 11/11/2013
The view from a local place where certain gents go to meet certain gents. Now, it doesn’t particularly worry me what they do, as long as it’s not compulsory and doesn’t frighten the horses. But some locals object, particularly those who struggle with the product of brain power, such as literacy. And that’s how this site was once identified with a sign declaring: POFF’S POINT.
Cup tips 5/11/2013
You’re a better man than me, Gungha Din, if you can confidently pick the Cup winner. Nevertheless, the streets are awash with once-a-year punters ready to share their equine expertise.
For what it’s worth (not much, although we once tipped the Cox Plate trifecta, in order), the Slatts’ stable leans toward:
Sea Moon, the best of Lloyd Williams’ entries and he’s a Cup specialist;
Ibicenco, Geelong Cup winner, always a favourable indicator and his price is generous;
Dear Demi, flew home in the Caulfield Cup and stamped with class. Wonder if its owner, Singo, will shout Flemington if it gets up;
and Fiorenta, Gai’s best chance of a Cup winner and who doesn’t like to see a true eccentric succeed?
You won’t read all about it 3/11/2013
Nick Cater nails much that is wrong in what passes for modern journalism:
The commercial pressures on the industry are well known. Newsrooms have been hollowed out. The disinvestment in journalism has accelerated as Fairfax has trashed its Sydney and Melbourne mastheads. In no other industry would executives respond to falling demand by making the product worse. Yet this is the story of the news business during the past two decades.
The degeneracy of modern journalism cannot be blamed entirely on falling revenue, however. The decline in standards has been at least as bad in public-sector journalism; indeed, some would say it is worse.