BlogRandom Notes - Idle Thoughts
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.read more
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”read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
You can only get away with the John Howard broad church idea for so long because sooner or later, as Richo says, “the mob will eventually work you out” and they have. You actually have to come down on one side of an issue or another.read more
I imagine Labor is sitting back feeling pretty smug at the moment as they watch the conflagration and implosion of the Liberals but they too better be careful and understand that this entire debacle foundered on the rock of climate and renewables and the spiralling cost of an essential service and therefore the treacherous shoals of climate politics and energy applies equally to them. Many people were prepared to go with the flow on the boutique renewable fiction so long as it didn’t effect their hip pocket but now with each electricity bill they are starting to come to the realisation and understand that this climate wet dream comes at a brutal cost to family homes in the burbs and the boonies.read more
“..When I joined the Labor Party, it contained the cream of the working class. But as I look about me now, all I see are the dregs of the middle class. When will you middle class perverts stop using the Labor Party as a cultural spittoon?” With his laser like and piercing observation of Labor then, Beasley could well have been talking about the Liberal Party in 2018 under Malcolm Turnbullread more
If we don’t use OUR coal to provide cheap energy to drive OUR economy, other nations will use OUR coal to provide cheap energy to drive THEIR economies.
Which ever way you slice it, Australia is the loser. How dumb is that?