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I cannot think of a time when more people have lost their minds — opponents and erstwhile allies alike. what changed in the Sixties was a newly emerged willingness of the many to accept whacko ideas (relativism) without comment and, sometimes, as gospel. From there it was a short step to institutionalising the absurd and the offensive, incorporating acceptance of the asinine as the acid of acceptable opinion. It was the seductive appeal of tolerance to those coming of age in the Sixties that was the ace up the sleeve of those who bent on changing the world.
Official video, marked (Confidential — internal use only) from inside a meeting at Google HQ and their wailing, weeping and gnashing of teeth over how their brainstorming and tinkering with their algorithms failed to prevent Trumps win in 2016. Check for yourself ...
The thing about these recently contrived and confected accusations of hate speech is that the term is ill defined, very slippery and mercurial and very much in the ear of the beholder. Often, as with shrieks and howls of racism, or in recent weeks in Canberra, bullying, with no specifics of who, what, where, when and how, hate speech is simply an all purpose, Swiss Army Knife, linguistic device deployed by those who disagree because of a paucity of skill in arguing their case and designed to close down debate and damage character and reputation.
The Orwellian boilerplate line about “Diversity is one of the ABC’s key strategic drivers” is up there with “war is peace.” Their pea and thimble trick of meaningless diversity of exotic gender, race, colour and culture is exemplified and experienced on The ABC’s panel program, The Drum, on any night of the week where the guest lineup, talking points and opinions tick the same old prescribed and predictable boxes.
Everywhere I looked, students were crying and consoling one another. The university had brought in therapy dogs, so that students could stroke them to alleviate their anxiety. At other campuses there were reports of colouring books and Play-Doh being provided to relieve stress. On Columbia’s Low Steps, a large safe space had been assembled, at the centre of which students took turns to express their terror and revulsion at the news of Trump’s victory. A student told me they had just written their will because they expected to “end up in a puddle of blood” soon. They were behaving like toddlers deprived of their latest episode of Peppa Pig. As though their civilisation had crumbled overnight and the barbarians were hammering at the gates of their campus.
A case study of bias by selective placement of facts — Washington Post uses despicable old MSM trick to falsely impugn Trump
An illuminating read and a case study of selective bias that works on the principle that although all the facts are presented, they are not presented together in an “on the one hand but on the other hand” kind of way. “Everyone in the news business knows that a large portion of readers never make it nine paragraphs into a story”
Random Note — Carla McGrath and The Press Council — The Long March Continues, one board member at a time
GetUp activist Carla McGrath’s time at the Australian Press Council has come to an end and not before time. The question is how her appointment ever passed the pub test in the first place? McGrath’s conflict was apparent from day one and combined with her intransigence in refusing to resign, simply elevated the index of suspicion as to her motives.
Stick with this. An interesting read — Progressivism takes its place among the major religions — American Thinker
Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all profess an all-knowing and all-powerful supernatural being: God. Progressives may say they do not belong to a religion because they do not believe in God. But Progressivism professes an all-powerful State. The State is Progressives’ god and determines what is moral and immoral and has the power to destroy whom it wants. Just as Muslims believe that the whole world should be converted to Islam, Progressives believe that the whole world should be converted to their leftist agenda.
So where was Downer’s wisdom when Turnbull was white-anteing, sniping and undermining Abbott between 2009 and 2015? And before him, Brendan Nelson? And before him the Member for Wentworth Peter King?As opposed to Abbott, I don’t recall Downer writing any books or original columns for the op-ed pages or delivering any insightful, intellectual landmark speeches or original thinking on policy or leading the Libs to a landslide victory in just two electoral cycles with a net gain of 25 seats.
A good start, by way of making a mark, burnishing his credentials and demonstrating his commitment would be to dust off the 1938 Bradfield plan whereby the Tully, Burdekin and Herbert rivers in North Queensland, fed by the annual monsoons are diverted west of the dividing range into the Thompson River and into the Murray Darling Basin to drought proof western Queensland and NSW. In a country with the technology of the time to create the Snowy scheme in the 1950’s and thought nothing of dreaming up the $50 billion NBN on the back of a serviette or beer coaster, the Bradfield scheme and the NSW Beale scheme for diverting water from the Clarence River Basin in to the Murray Darling Basin, in 2018 should be a doddle.