As captured brilliantly this morning by Loon Pond responding to the Australian.
The bullshit is coming thick and fast in Pravda these days as SloMo and the reptiles head into full-scale Pravda election mode …
First there was the crap announcement relating to EVs – so many installations, so few EVs – and today comes this pork-barreling boondoggle, though the pond has yet to discover whether a supply of whiteboards was included in the proposed costing …
Indeed. on FB last night I responded to a Sydney Morning Herald story whose headline was: Morrison flicks switch to campaign mode:
Asked by journalists if his previous views on electric cars were “silly, shortsighted or just a lie?”, Morrison did what he does best: went full throttle at Labor and, in doing so, gave a new insight into how he will frame the next election.
To that I replied: Yeah, I noticed and I found the “switch to campaign mode” so obvious, so calculated, and frankly so ineffective as a deflection from his own idiocy on EVs last election, that it was just plain irritating — the spin and sales pitch being far more important to him than the substance — which was sadly minimal really. Today I added: Here we go again as the badly damaged Morrison resorts to what he does best — spin and manipulation — to wedge his opponents wherever possible so he can cling to power. The substance is lacking.
And here is a nice mashup of Morrison’s form!
Yes it worked for him before…
I have to say that I was in full manifesto mode on FB this morning. There was an item from a Green site that triggered me:
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND — Scotland’s second city has rolled out the green carpet to world leaders and thousands of delegates arriving for climate talks.
The city and its leaders have been eager to present a green image of Glasgow over COP26, with advertisements and billboards across town promoting its climate-friendly projects and initiatives.
However, Glasgow remains home to major polluting companies, and historically played a significant role in triggering both industrialism and colonial expansion — with profound effects for people and the environment.
To get a better understanding of the city’s legacy, DeSmog tagged along to an activist-led tour organised by Brussels based advocacy group, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and local activists at Glasgow Calls Out Polluters. Their goal was to expose Glasgow’s darker side as highlighted by important city landmarks, along with speakers including climate and racial justice activists and frontline communities from the global south discussing the current impacts of the city’s activities.
So I fired back:
Honestly, while I often proudly accept the word “woke” for much that I say, and hate tribal badges like “virtue signalling” trotted out regularly by the dinosaurs and reactionaries of this world, I also abhor these games of historical goodies and baddies, this search for black and white hats in a complex and to a degree irrecoverable past. It does smack of self-righteousness, of the puritan mindset, of a yearning for a binary solution to everything.
What we need in both the study of history and in addressing the massive problems of the climate crisis is a willingness to see and cope with complexity, with ambiguity, with imperfection — to borrow from an old as the hills and totally unfashionable aim of literary criticism — and I would say of life — and to paraphrase Matthew Arnold: to see things steadily and to see them whole.
Our goodies and baddies binary politics fails us again and again. So in some ways this article gives me the sh*ts, as do others like it. Which is not to deny that much in it is true. I simply ask: OK, fine — but how exactly does this help?
That emerges also from much of my recent reading on such things as the “history wars” — and it is genuinely where I am coming from. Some of you may hate it, but I really have been thinking on such lines for sixty years now. So there you are.
But before leaving environmental issues I will toss this one in, Makes sense to me.
Monday night brought another Media Watch! A cracker! A brilliant episode of one of the best things on Australian TV — or any world TV! Protect our ABC from the attack dogs of the Right,
Hello, I’m Paul Barry, welcome to Media Watch.
And that was the news that brought joy to the nation: four-year-old Cleo Smith found safe and well after she went missing from a WA campsite for 18 days.
And as reporters beamed in from Carnarvon to deliver the joyful news, viewers at home were treated to this heartwarming image.
And soon enough, politicians on both sides of the aisle were scrambling to insert themselves into the nation’s hottest photo op, with PM Scott Morrison tweeting within minutes: “Our prayers answered.”…
Seven was among the first to name the suspect, the first to get the details and certainly the first to show his face:
BEN DOWNIE: We know right now he’s still in hospital and Cleo’s been taken out of hospital. She’s now with her family. And the reason why Terrance Kelly was taken to hospital, you can see some pictures of bandage wrapped around his hands because of self-harming inside his jail cell in the middle when he was being interrogated by police.
– Seven News at 4 (Sydney), 3 November, 2021
Yes, not just a name but multiple photos of the accused on the Sydney bulletin….
The true owner of that face is now suing Channel 7. You guessed it — a monumental case of mistaken identity which sure had an effect. Consider this thread from my FB feed at the time.
All because 7 was chasing ratings! See the whole program and you also get Alan Jones and an “amazing” acne cure being promoted as news, another bottom of the media barrel act.