BlogRandom Notes - Idle Thoughts
Can you imagine what the IPhone would look like, what it’s capability, availability and cost would be, if it were designed by a government bureaucracy with no skin in the game? No, I can’t imagine it either. The truth is that if left to government the IPhone would reflect the clunky, unimaginative, unmotivated torpor of the Soviet style, nine to five, bureaucratic design committee. Come to think of it, if left to the government and bureaucracy the IPhone wouldn’t even exist.
Random Note — The Great ‘Uglification’ of Western Civilisation. Our day out at Kylemore Abbey, Ireland
It’s a basic and fundamental law of physics that if you create a vacuum, including a values or cultural vacuum, something else will rush to fill it. What we need is less tolerance of this kind of ‘free speech‘ abuse, more judgement and greater discrimination, not less. That is partly at least, what has led us to where we are. Our standards have dropped because we have become less judgmental and less discriminating and as they say, ‘the standard you walk past is the standard you accept.’
As is always the case with these things the devil is in the detail and once in place they tend to take on a life of their own, incrementally expanding their remit into areas that either weren’t envisaged or intended. This very thing has already happened in recent weeks.
It’s counter-intuitive and probably sounds ridiculous to many, but I’ve suggested for many years that cyclists should ride in the bike lane on the opposite side of the road facing the on coming traffi
In being able to eyeball one another it eliminates the impersonal and the factor of helmeted anonymity because when looking someone in the eye as opposed to the back of their head, they become more human. As things stand we rely on one set of eyes only, those of the driver, to make judgement calls. Two sets of eyes would be better than one for taking evasive action by either party if and when necessary.
If there is something to be said for the quality and competence of the representatives we send to Canberra it is that those who remain behind to infest state legislatures are even worse. They weren’t saints, but how badly we miss the likes of Bolte, Playford, Wran, Kennett, even Joh. Even this cursory flick through recent history serves as a reminder of the dearth of state talent in Australia. Why are state governments so bad? And why is NSW perhaps the worst of all? State governments don’t have that much to do, and certainly not much of consequence. But they generally get wrong the very little they do have to do.
Climate Aristocrats and Bureaucrats from 190 nations are meeting in Bonn, dreaming up rules “to prevent the globe from warming more than 2°C”. They have forgotten the lesson of mighty King Canute – he demonstrated that not even his great power could control nature by rolling back the tide.
The inhabitants of this world have had to pretend they never gave Roman Polanski a standing ovation or laughed at a rape joke or dismissed Bill Clinton’s accusers as trailer trash. In their version of the “Donald Trump Story,” he is not a reflection of the culture they created, but a sorry deviation from it. In the not too distant past, celebrity roasts relied on sexual innuendo and double-entendre. By 2011, the DMC had deeply undermined the culture and the celebrity roast with it.
Random Note — The Rachel Divide, Netflix — The story of white woman, Rachel Dolezal, who insists she is black
Somehow, in all her whiteness, she actually made it to become President of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People) until she was forced to resigned when a journalist actually asked her the obvious question that nobody dared to ask up until that point: Are you black/coloured?
Her response was “what do you mean, I’m not sure I understand the question”. Although it’s a cliche it is one of those classic moments, at the beginning of the film, where someone actually points out that, ‘the emperor has no clothes’. This again underscores and highlights how, due to political correctness, tolerance, inclusion and diversity people are intimidated into not calling out the obvious and in so doing, intimidating you into respecting a total fraud.
The Parisites — Whole new breeds of parasitical creatures are gorging themselves on climate change — The Spectator
Finkel was asked in June 2017, what difference would it make to the climate if Australia, with CO2 emissions of less than 1.5 per cent of global total, somehow managed to stop emitting 100 per cent of its carbon dioxide. ‘Virtually nothing,’ he admitted — Such a Parisite is slave to groupthink pressure, feigns principles but shuns evidence-based policy formulation, supports government largesse that appeals to Parisites Plebeian and Academus, lacks courage and fails the nation.
Welcome to Queensland where farmers are sacrificed at the altar of Gaia and Green ideology for inner city votes
This is all about shoring up inner city Brisbane seats and harvesting Green votes for Labor. That is, farmers being sacrificed at the altar of Gaia and Green ideology. The Chief Scientist, Dr Bill Burrows who prepared the report for the Queensland government arrived at the conclusion which was the exact opposite of what the government wanted the report to say so the government is proceeding on it’s predetermined course regardless of the damage done with no compensation.