From a nanny state near you:
Ullo, ullo, ullo 27/6/2012
Someone is mightily unhappy with bias and distortion in news coverage.
Forget it. I’m done. You deserve what they’re saying about you. It’s earned. You have worked long and hard to merit the suspicion, acrimony, mistrust and revulsion that the media-buying public increasingly heaps upon you. You have successfully eroded any confidence, dispelled any trust, and driven your audience into the arms of the Internet and the blogosphere, where biases are affirmed and like-minded people can tell each other what they hold to be true, since nobody believes in objective reality any more. You have done a superlative job of diminishing what was once a great profession and undermining one of the vital underpinnings of democracy, a free press.
I just have one question:
What the hell is wrong with you guys?
Ruthless enforcers 25/6/2012
Miranda Devine sheds some light on why Fairfax has gone through the floor:
Another former executive described the world view of the collective as, “inarguably Left-leaning, and anti-business”. It was also anti-religion – especially anti-Christian – and hostile to bourgeois family values.
“The tragedy was that [Fairfax’s] core audience was a conservative audience. You’ve never seen a paper more disengaged from its core audience. Particularly The Age.”
While editors in morning conference decided which stories should be covered, the collective decided how those stories were framed – and they were ruthless enforcers.
For example, in 2007, a journalist was assigned to write a story about the appointment as head of the NSW education department of Michael Coutts-Trotter, who had once served three years in jail for dealing heroin. To his credit, he had rehabilitated himself, but his conviction remained an important part of the story.
One former executive recalls the journalist being heavied by members of the newsroom collective to remove or at least downplay the fact, because Coutts-Trotter’s Labor politician wife was a “particular favourite”.
TAC is again tipping OUR money into footy sponsorship. Bloody hell, Ted, I don’t pay exorbitant car registration so that shiney-arsed bureaucrats can swan around in AFL super boxes. End the waste and lower our rego.
A wag among the Herald Sun’s readership is not a big wrap for former England skipper Mike Atherton’s batting ability.
“I always thought Atherton was his first name, so often did I read Atherton b McGrath.”
Finally, some climate truth 15/6/2012
Mark Maslin, a leading climatologist, has belled the cat sufficiently to have alarmists worldwide spluttering.
He told a conference this week the more we know about climate change the more uncertain our models become and there are unrealistic expectations that scientists can model the future to any accuracy.
Models were becoming less certain in their predictions because as they improve it is possible to introduce “known unknowns” such as changes in vegetation growth and reflection from clouds, whose feedback mechanisms were previously too complicated to be included.
“The sceptics will jump on this and say, ‘Actually climate change modellers know nothing’,” Professor Maslin said. “I spent six months having a discussion with myself about whether this is something I should write. I believe though, as scientists, we have to be open, honest and transparent.”
No argument against this point from here.
One could be forgiven, if one’s mind wandered to Victoria’s gutless and genuflecting Premier Ted Baillieu, with his refusal to stand up to the human rights lobby over that state’s awful Charter of Rights, even to the point of siding with the Labor opposition over the views of most of his own party. Baillieu might take a look at Canada and grow a backbone.(My emphasis).
But that temptation aside, the far more important reaction to what’s happening in Canada is this: the forces at work against free speech can be overcome. If Canada can repeal its section 13 then we in Australia can repeal our section 18C equivalent. Now it’s true that the opposition Coalition promises to repeal most of it. It should, however, repeal all of it.
And five fives are? 11/6/2012
It’s taken a while, but finally a skerrick of common sense has appeared on the British educational horizon.
A draft mathematics curriculum suggests that five and six year-olds will be expected to count up to 100, recognise basic fractions and memorise the results of simple sums by the end of the first year of compulsory education.
In the second year, they will be required to know the two, five and 10 times tables, add and subtract two-digit numbers in their head and begin to use graphs.
Hopefully, educational authorities here will follow the lead. And while they’re at it, could they return the alphabet to the top of the blackboard?
What price would they put on Julia Gillard?
The al Qaeda affiliate in Somalia has mocked the new $33 million bounty on its top leaders heads by offering its own bounty for President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – 10 camels for Obama and 20 chickens for Clinton.
Bloody hell, Joan Kirner gets a Queen’s Birthday gong!
Former Queensland Labor premier Peter Beattie, ex-federal ministers Gareth Evans and Robert Hill and former Victorian premier Joan Kirner have been appointed Companions in the Order of Australia in the diamond jubilee year of Queen Elizabeth II.
She’s under challenge from Ted Baillieu, but she’s still clearly Victoria’s worst premier. Ever. And they reckon inflation is under control.
Grim tidings 4/6/2012
The latest news from the markets is dire and likely to get worse.
A smart government would now scrap plans for a carbon tax using the looming crisis as justification. Whoa, don’t get hopes up, I said a smart government.
THE Australian share market tumbled in early trade today, with about $20 billion wiped off the value of shares before the market stabilised.
At 11.45am, the All Ordinaries Index had fallen 72 points to 4045, showing no signs of recovering after a miserable May.
The broader ASX 200 briefly fell below the 4000-point level, but stabilised and climbed just above that barrier.
The fall effectively wiped about $20 billion off the value of Australian shares in the space of 15 minutes. The Australian market has lost about $120 billion since the start of May.
Hero spurned 3/6/2012
It’s a no-brainer. Who has achieved more for the world, Lech Walesa or Barack Obama? Yet, on his recent visit to Poland, Obama not only insulted the population with a death camp slur, he snubbed Walesa. This enemy of totalitarianism became president of Poland, pushed the Soviet Union out of his homeland and moved the country toward a free-market economy and individual liberty.
Obama? Well, he promised hope and change, and that turned out really well, didn’t it?
Darren Cheeseman seems to be going out of his way to be seen as the biggest dill to ever sit in Federal Parliament.
CORANGAMITE MP Darren Cheeseman has been accused of misleading some of his most vulnerable constituents by promising pensioners a cash windfall that they’ve already received.
In a letter sent to pensioners in the country’s most marginal electorate last week, Mr Cheeseman said this year’s Federal Budget would increase their government handout by $154 per fortnight for singles and $156 for couples.
But the figure quoted by Mr Cheeseman is how much pensions have risen in the past three years.
You might recall that when this bloke won his seat – based in Geelong and points south-west – he celebrated with friends and family in Ballarat.
Europe is headed inescapably for financial disaster and almost certainly a recession that will be worse and last longer than the one in 2008, which itself was the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s. This euro looks like it will break up with catastrophic consequences for individual countries and the global financial system. Fear and loathing will feed on itself.
Gee, that Euro socialist experiment worked out well, didn’t it?