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A lady driving the Tardis?

Posted June 6, 2013 into Blunty by John Birmingham

I can't believe this is even a thing. I thought it was just one of those jokes like the perennial call for 007 to be be played by an African American or an Innuit lady-boy.

But no. It's a thing.

At Blunty.

I got the idea for today's blog, not so much from the small burble of pop culture mavens burbling away at the idea of stripping just a little more cultural significance from the white anglo male, but from the protests in Turkey. There's an image gone viral in that part of the world, a young woman being pepper-sprayed by a riot cop.


It's become a rallying totem for anti government protestors. One of the images adapted from it really struck me.

There's something very obviously powerful in the contrast between the quaint, rather old fashioned figure she cuts here, and the seried ranks of human automata facing her. Quaint but powerful is a very Whovian motif, of course, and I could easily imagine those riot cops replaced by Daleks or Cybermen.

Hence today's Blunty..

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ChrisB has opinions thus...

Posted June 6, 2013

Kinda reminds me of the whole 'first female Star Trek' captain debate from a few years back or the 'Starbuck's a girl' from the BSG re-boot. Both worked themselves out just fine, but if JJ's ST reboot had floated the idea that Kirk would be a woman, the scream from fans would have outdone Shatner's in Wrath of Khan. I think Doc should be a man. If you want to explore a female doc, feel free to have another TimeLord show up.

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Rhino is gonna tell you...

Posted June 6, 2013

Commented on Blunty. HAVOCK mode was engaged.

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted June 6, 2013

And an excellent comment it was.

Jayanthi's Atomic Cat is gonna tell you...

Posted June 8, 2013

LOL Rhino!

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pitpat puts forth...

Posted June 6, 2013

But a handbag or shopping bag? I dunno.

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted June 6, 2013

She gotta keep that sonic nail file somewhere.

Bangar reckons...

Posted June 6, 2013

That'd be sonic lipstick JB, pioneered by the original SJS.

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Conspiracy Cat has opinions thus...

Posted June 6, 2013

One word: SheZow.

Barnesm has opinions thus...

Posted June 6, 2013

Was fun to watch the complaints about that one.

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Trowzers would have you know...

Posted June 6, 2013

I think River Song showed us what a female Time Lord could be like - and I think she's pretty neat. My only issue is that they'd have to find another person just as awesome as Alex Kingston to pull it off properly, and there just aren't that many people like that.

There's really no reason why the Doctor can't be a girl (gender swapping Timelords are already canon - aka The Corsair), except that it either makes some people feel icky, or they just can't imagine it, or that's *just not how it's done* and all those arguments are just too close to the argument against gay marriage for my liking. Get out of your rut, people! The history of the TV show already shows they can screw it up even when they choose a male Doctor, why not open the books to allow them to choose someone AWSM regardless of race or gender? That they actually be AWSM is my only rule - no choosing a chicky Who just because they want to show how progressive and cool they are. Make sure they have the right actor in place before they choose what gender the new Doc is going to be.

Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted June 6, 2013

Trowzers,

Ya can't go and compare Doctor Who and the gender argument to Gay Marriage! Ewww. It is just not done!

And also the use of the word 'Chicky' is sexist.

Please use 'ChickyBabe' from now on if you want to be taken seriously.

Jayanthi's Atomic Cat mutters...

Posted June 8, 2013

Dino, this ChickyBabe is letting you know that if you want to see the full-on "Why the Doctor can't be female" based purely on the same-sex marriage argument, it's high up in the Blunty comments. And I think it's exactly the sort of stuff Trowz was referring to, I would think. But, like, way worse. I don't think Trowz was in favour of that argument, btw.

And I agree with the Alex Kingston comment, Trowzers.

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beeso mutters...

Posted June 6, 2013

If its not Philip Glenister playing Gene Hunt playing Doctor Who then i'm not interested.

Spanner is gonna tell you...

Posted June 6, 2013

Fire up the Tardis doesn't have the same ring to it as "Fire up the Quattro"

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Blarkon puts forth...

Posted June 6, 2013

River Song was arse compared to Romana and Romana II.

I like that people assume that the Doctor, being Gallifreyan, has a dick.

It's interesting that the same people who say "ZOMG Female Doctor Teh Awsm" get giddy with anger if you suggest a male Buffy. (changes to both alter the fundamental dynamic and audience expectation of the character. It shouldn't matter, but to the audience it does).

Caitlin in the Wave Trilogy would be less awsm if she was a bloke. Buffy would be less awsm if she was a bloke. Laura Roslin would be less awsm if she was a bloke. The Doctor would be less awsm if he wasn't.

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted June 6, 2013

I believe I made this very point on teh Twitterz. It was roundly ignored.

Blarkon has opinions thus...

Posted June 6, 2013

There is certainly a push away from traditional hero archetypes.

However unless the hypothesis "men like aspirational archetypes, women like relatable archetypes" doesn't hold water, there's only so far you can push it before you get out of the audience's zone of acceptable disbelief.

Ripley works because she's a believable character. Batman works because he's not. Nick Hornby said something along the lines of "almost every guy believes deep down, if he'd just grown up under the right circumstances, that he could be The Batman and that women are more grown up and accept that Batman is comic book bullshit"

Ippy Percival swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 9, 2013

I've said before that I think Carrot is the sort of hero men aspire to be, whie Vimes is one they relate to, identify with. That got a bit blurred with the whole "Vimes is invincible" theme that emerged from Fifth Elephent on, but even so -- maybe that is the sort of mechanism you're talking about, my scaly friend.

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Lulu would have you know...

Posted June 6, 2013

Male Buffy would contradict *Whedon's* intentions in creating the character, not just the audience expectations.

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Blarkon mumbles...

Posted June 6, 2013

And a female doctor wouldn't contradict the creator's intentions?

Lulu mumbles...

Posted June 6, 2013

I remember reading (can't find the quote, so I'm roughly paraphrasing) that he said he specifically wanted to play against expectations & tradition - in slasher movies the pretty teenage girl is usually the one getting slashed, not the one doing the ass-kicking. Kinda doesn't work if Buffy had been played by David Boreanaz & not SMG.

Jayanthi's Atomic Cat ducks in to say...

Posted June 9, 2013
And I think he still continues in that vein. Kaylee and Inara in Firefly/Serenity were kinda ' against type' as non-kickass female sf characters.

Allowing charactersto be themselves ...whoever they turn out to be... is the goal, right? The contrast of characters in Firefly,irrespective of gender, is what workd well.

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Murphy reckons...

Posted June 6, 2013

What?

They are making Dr. Who? episodes again? Frankly, I think it all went to shit after Peter Davidson left the series. If you wanted to be ballsy the time to have a Female Doctor would have been Doctor Number Six.

Instead we got Bozo the Clown or some shit.

Respects,

Murph

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Barnesm asserts...

Posted June 6, 2013

They are making Dr. Who? episodes again?

Yes,

Yes they are.

Blarkon ducks in to say...

Posted June 6, 2013

Colin Baker asserts that he wanted to play a darker Doctor, including a flowing black cape, and they dressed him up like an idiot. His son also died soon after he got the role, which didn't help with the other problems the series was experiencing back then.

w from brisbane ducks in to say...

Posted June 6, 2013

Tell me your favourite Dr Who, and I will tell you your age.......approximately.

Brother PorkChop asserts...

Posted June 6, 2013

Jon Pertwee

w from brisbane swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 6, 2013

Brother Porkchop,

Jon Pertwee. Of course, those darned repeats can really throw out the modelling, but I would say your age starts with a 5.

Bangar asserts...

Posted June 6, 2013

Tom Baker is a favourite, but I'd say David Tenant is my favourite. I wonder if any one will mention Peter Cushing?

DILLIGAF mutters...

Posted June 6, 2013

Tossup between Pertwee and Baker. Probably Pertwee.

Ippy Percival reckons...

Posted June 6, 2013

"...which didn't help with the other problems the series was experiencing back then" - Come on man, out with it, say the name of the "problems" aloud. John fucking Nathan fucking Turner! *spits*.

Barnesm would have you know...

Posted June 6, 2013

Sylvester McCoy

Murphy has opinions thus...

Posted June 7, 2013

Peter Cushing was my first encounter with the Doctor, on Saturday Morning Sci-Fi Theater on Channel Five.

That said, Tom Baker.

Respects,

Murph

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Brother PorkChop mutters...

Posted June 7, 2013

Close W, close, but it is a late 4. I remember lying on the floor with a cat for a pillow on cold wet Saturday afternoons watching Dr Who through my fingers for a scary bits. Then for some light relief following the Doctor, it was the Banana Splits and Danger Island. Good times.....

w from brisbane reckons...

Posted June 7, 2013

Uh-oh, Chongo!

Jayanthi's Atomic Cat swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 8, 2013

Peter Davidson...that Black Orchid episode still brings a tear to me eye...

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Dilph mutters...

Posted June 6, 2013

I still think the best new doctor - and I've been expounding this theory since Eccleston's run ended - would be Dylan Moran.

Surly, hungover irishman who leans heavily on a competent sidekick who can decipher his mutterings and save the day. And the sonic screwdriver isn't used as a bottle opener anywhere near often enough.

I can just picture him leaning against a wall, hungover as all hell, telling his assistant to turn the knob - no, no, the other knob - to make the god-forsaken caterwauling of the alarm sirens stop. And incidentally saving the day in the process.

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Blarkon would have you know...

Posted June 6, 2013

Someone suggested Tim Minchin as the next Doctor.

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yankeedog has opinions thus...

Posted June 6, 2013

Peter Cushing as my favorite Grand Moff Doctor. Bangar double-dog dared me.

Tom Baker for favorite Doctor.

I never thought much about the Timelord's gender; however, I notice the general trend is that he seems to generally be getting younger through his various regenerations. Next Doctor at this rate will be played by a twelve-year-old child actor.

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ShaneAlpha mumbles...

Posted June 6, 2013

The Doctor wants to be a ginger.

I vote for Rupert Grint as the next Doctor.

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Murphy mutters...

Posted June 7, 2013

Let's be honest though, isn't the gender flipping so cliche? Almost so 2003?

Why not make the Doctor transgendered or something? More to the point, why does there have to be a male/female distinction at all?

Respects,

Murph

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Jayanthi's Atomic Cat swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 9, 2013
I'm with Murph. Really, the Doctor, at least to my recollection, has always been a white Caucasian male with a pommy accent. We could equally ask why he has never been a non-caucasian man.

And my better half has exhorted me not to forget the Doctor-Donna thing.

If any of this is nonsensical its the stoopid phone again

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted June 9, 2013

That's some impressive last minute commenting Jay'

Ippy Percival reckons...

Posted June 9, 2013

Which reminds me that Catherine Tate would be pretty amazingly awesome (and the ret-conning would be beautifully hideous).

Ippy Percival ducks in to say...

Posted June 9, 2013

And by sheer fluke, I am just now seeing Tim Minchin on the TV singing 'Only a ginger can call another ginger ginger'.

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Jayanthi's Atomic Cat swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 9, 2013
Obama for the next Doctor, I say!

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The Blunty I almost wrote

Posted May 21, 2013 into Blunty by John Birmingham

Todays blog over at BT was an attempt to have a bit of fun with a dodgy bit of research about racism. Nothing could go wrong with that, eh?

It was my second choice of topic, but got moved up because of the clickbait potential. What I had been thinking of writing was a stirling defence of Dave Warner's freedom to call a News Ltd dick a News Ltd dick.

Warner's been in trouble since letting loose on the twitterz, early morning his time, somewhere in India, and having a red hot go at Robert Craddock and Malcolm Conn, cricket writers for Lord Rupert. Warner was pissed, pretty reasonably I reckon, at his photo being used in a story about IPL cheats. No reason to use his photo. He's not a cheat. Some photo editor just liked the image, I guess. But Warner, woken at omigod-thirty in the AM about it went nuclear on Craddock and Conn.

They hit back, as you do, but he's the one in the shit because he's 'a public figure' and a representative of Australian cricket.

So now he has the chance to be doubly pissed off with that story because he's getting hauled up before the discipline master at CA for being rude to journalists in public.

Fuck that. Those two need to grow a thicker skin, as no doubt they tell every player they write about.

Anyway, that's what I was going to do today. Before I got distracted by derp.

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beeso swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 21, 2013

First of all, sure he can go ballistic about the pic being used, but surely just about every sportsman has a basic level of knowledge that a writer doesn't pick the photo or headline.

Secondly, Craddock and Conn have fuck all to do with the CA discipline. That will be cause CA had warner down as a potential leader and leaders don't usually have a whine on twitter after a thousand beers in a corrupt pointless comp in india.

Lastly, his actions actually reinforced what Craddock wrote, which is that no cricketer comes back from the IPL a better player, technically, fitness wise or mentally.

albion love den mutters...

Posted May 21, 2013
Agree with you entirely, Beeso.

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w from brisbane swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 21, 2013

Another storm in a groin cup.

There was implied criticism of Warner's morals. Who's going to like that?
Warner says he is pissed off. Actually, we assumed that.

Robert Craddock said he has no complaints, particularly as he has spent decades trying to get cricketers to speak their mind,

Matthew Conn went into bat for his mate, Craddock. But it was all pretty mild stuff.

Nothing new here. When I next meet with my sports obsessed pals, I am confident that this will not be mentioned. It will not be of interest.

The media will invest it with false significance to create easy content.

But, Cricket Australia will have to act because of corporate image issues, like any business. Little in this story, but what if a drunken cricketer tweeted something really inappropriate in an attempt to be witty while in foreign climes.
Could be very serious. Twitter does have a potential for trouble that is highlighted by this bit of nothing. For example, tweet about the Thai Royal family in Thailand and you might be in a lot of trouble.

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Barnesm would have you know...

Posted May 21, 2013

"for being rude to journalists in public" isn't that what parliement house is for?

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Darth Greybeard has opinions thus...

Posted May 21, 2013

"sterling" defence. Just sayin'.

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John Birmingham mutters...

Posted May 21, 2013

Yeah yeah yeah. Everyone is keen to hook into Warner, but nobody is paying any attention to the circumtances uner which this news came to his attention and he went ballistic. He gets woken in the small hours of the morning by a mate telling him he's been featured in a story on cheating.

Wake me up at 2AM and tell me the Oz has splashed my image across a story about plagiarism and see what happens.

Or Dr Yobbo in a story about scientific fraud. Or Beeso in a story about farmers who lie about being organic.

Or whatever your particular bag is.

The human response is to go apeshit. Sure, after an hour so you might want to calm down. And by the time the sun comes up you need to be making your apologies (and, incidentally, accepting one from Rupert).

But nobody really bothered factoring in why he'd gone off. The story, especially in News Ltd, was about the twitter rant. The first couple of stories I read made it look like he'd gone berserk at some simple criticism of his form. Now that would be wrothy of a disciplinary hearing.

I just think someone in the media needed to take an opposing view to the lynch mob.

w from brisbane mutters...

Posted May 21, 2013

You wanted to take an opposing view, but THEY stopped you.
It's a CONSPIRACY, I tells ya!

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beeso would have you know...

Posted May 21, 2013

Someone in the media did, Craddock himself said he understood why Warner was upset. Nothing wrong with the response from the guy, but a smarter player would've done it a different way, as the panel suggested on Offsiders.

Be pretty easy to give an interview to a fairfax journo and have a crack than through twitter.

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted May 21, 2013

Yes it would, but at 2 in the morning I don't know that we can expect him to be thinking that cooly.

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 21, 2013

What he probably shold have done was instructed his lawyers to sue for deffo. News would have settled for 20-50K. They've done it before.

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w from brisbane mumbles...

Posted May 21, 2013

In a nice counterpoint to the Blunty you wrote, some of the criticism of Warner has been along the lines of, what would you expect of a bogan.
Bogan bashing, seems to be becoming a safe place for those you like to demean others based upon ignorant stereotype.

w from brisbane would have you know...

Posted May 21, 2013

Correction:
Bogan bashing, seems to be becoming a safe place for those who like to demean others based upon ignorant stereotype.

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Quokka asserts...

Posted May 21, 2013

I expect mannners, grace and poise from Bogans.

Invariably I am disappointed.

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theangrywarden is gonna tell you...

Posted May 21, 2013

I'm not aware of any complaint made to CA by the journalists (correct me if I'm wrong). This is CA acting off it's own bat (thanks again, Pun-o-Matic), so telling the journos to grow a thicker skin is misguided.

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Indolent puts forth...

Posted May 21, 2013

However tempting it is to use this opportunity to disparage News Ltd, it's not Craddock and Conn you should be having a go at. As I understand it they have not complained about the matter. It's those sanctimonious arbiters of proper behavior, Cricket Australia, who are the freedom of speech villans in this piece.

Warner had every right to twitter away. I would have done the same thing. CA has no right to punish him for excercising that right.

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Anthony asserts...

Posted May 21, 2013

You won't get much respons to your racism story over at The Age. Comments aren't enabled and the link to the Blunty articles on the National Times page still shows the CWA story. Someone over there doesn't like you...

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted May 21, 2013

More likely, somebody over there hasn't had their breakfast donut yet.

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Brother PorkChop swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 21, 2013

Would have preferred the Warner story maybe with a comment from Warnie regarding the pros and cons of Twitter v Texting.

As for racism, no thanks but yes I am at times. is it racist or just intolerant to dislike all black fans?

theangrywarden ducks in to say...

Posted May 21, 2013

It's DEFINITELY racist to dislike all black fans. DislikingAll Blacks fans is probably ok though...

Brother PorkChop asserts...

Posted May 22, 2013

Laziness on my part. And perfectly correct, yes, All Balck fans.

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Matt swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 21, 2013

The Craddock story was quite brave and sensible and it's target was quite obviously crooked IPL shadeys and loose BCCI dingbatters regardless if any accompanying picture.

Warner needn't have said boo.

But I guess he ain't that kinda guy. Discerning, that is.

If he wanted to isolate himself from the dodgy IPL tar brush, Twitter wasn't ever going to help.

As with his batting, suspect young Dave swung first, thought nil.

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BigWillieStyle swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 21, 2013

One of Conn's (or was it Craddock?) assertions was that no player comes back from the IPL a better cricketer, and finds it difficult to translate skills honed in T20 into the Test arena. This argument assumes that every IPL player regards Test cricket as the pinnacle of their sport. I'd argue that very few of them do. If a player is receiving $750k for a few weeks' work in a T20 competition that doesn't mean anything, why wouldn't they prioritise it over Test cricket? Just because the likes of Conn and Craddock get all misty-eyed about Test cricket doesn't mean Warner, or indeed any player, has to. They're the ones playing the game, surely they have the right to forge their career in the manner of their choosing.

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted May 21, 2013

Zactly.

JBtoo reckons...

Posted May 21, 2013

If Warner doesn't rate test cricket he shouldn't be playing it. Indeed, one could argue on his recent form, he shouldn't be playing it.

Jayanthi's Atomic Cat mutters...

Posted May 21, 2013
Is there some analogy here to the Dan Brown thread? He's playing the game, and forging his career in a manner of his own choosing...for lots of money and damn the critics! Are literary novels and test cricket a fair comparison? <sticks out tongue>

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Hewy reckons...

Posted May 21, 2013

I reckon the issue is that no one is taking Conn to task on this...

So, Craddock writes a dark piece on the underbelly of the IPL which tangentially links Dave Warner.

Then, Warner fires up on twitter at Craddock regarding the suggestion he is involved, using some choice language.

And then, Conn jumps in with a nasty comment to Warner. In the cold light of day, Conn's nasty comment can be seen purely and simply as flamebait. Warner wasn't targeting Conn and his problem was with Crash's article. Conn's troll achieved it's aim: fired up Warner and put Conn in the news and got him to appear gracious by suggesting he likes it when cricketers speaks their mind.

Whislt trolling like that is to be expected across the internet, for one of the key sports writers in that organisation, such trolling just leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. Especially when he wasn't actually involved in the "story", but did it to place himself in the middle of the story - and effectively change the story. Not sure I call that journalism.

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted May 21, 2013

That is one of the most interesting reads of this story I've yet seen. Hadn't thought about it from that angle, but find it hard to disagree.

w from brisbane mumbles...

Posted May 21, 2013

These people travel the world together. They often stay at the same hotel. It was not an exchange between strangers.

I don't think Conn trolled. He just fired up when he felt his mate and profession was copping a serve. A fair exchange. I think Occam's razor works with this one.

Hewy ducks in to say...

Posted May 21, 2013

I'm not really saying that there was a complex masterplan from Conn, just that he sent a nasty 'play the man' tweet which essentially flipped the whole story. He would have certainly hoped for some reaction, but he couldn't have dreamed for it to play out any better for him (and the Oz).

I reckon a journo rattling the cage when they can sniff a story satisfies Occam's razor :-)

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Therbs puts forth...

Posted May 21, 2013

Craddock and Conn should have not engaged. As journalists they were better off letting their columns do the talking. Classless, by all parties.

w from brisbane mutters...

Posted May 21, 2013

And hooray for that!, because Australia is a classless society.

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Jayanthi's Atomic Cat asserts...

Posted May 21, 2013
Just enjoyin' chillin' in the spiritual hot tub...Peace, y'all.

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted May 21, 2013

The spiritual hot tub is one warm motherfuckin karmic bath.

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wonk_arama asserts...

Posted May 22, 2013

A story about corruption in the IPL and critical of 'the behavour of a young Australian player in India' has shot of Warner. Warner is not mentioned by name but it's not hard to to think that people might draw a connection from the juxtaposition.

Warner's reaction has cost him $5,750. Poorly handled by him in the way he went about it but does he have no right of reply? Is suing for defamation his only option? CA are quick to ping a player for bringing the game into disrepute, what of a lazy News outlet? Has not the image of the game in Australia been damaged by the imputation in the original story? Warner is a marketing image for CA shouldn't they be complaining if an asset is dinged? Yeah, yeah I know.

Not a fan of either Journo's efforts as I find their analysis pedestrian and, in the case of Craddock, just plain poor writing. Sports people are well paid certainly but are easy marks for lazy journos. Conn saw a chance for a cheap headline and took it.

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Danger. Manflu

Posted May 9, 2013 into Blunty by John Birmingham

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w from brisbane reckons...

Posted May 9, 2013

This whole female anti-male thing. It is simple penis envy.
That right, penis envy.
I see it all the time. Particularly, when I wander past the line outside the ladies toilet at large public events.
Oh, how you ladies wish you could pee standing up.
.

DrYobbo would have you know...

Posted May 9, 2013

Have seen some have a crack at it. No, not on German speaking corners of the interweb. Big Days Out and the likes often used to see lasses aplenty taking over the gents' cubicles in order to sidestep the queues for the ladies. One mate of mine was abused for daring to unzip the chopper and use the slashers while said femmes were queued past it. The temerity, etc.

w from brisbane is gonna tell you...

Posted May 9, 2013

I have seen it too, Dr Yobbo.
Back in the glory days of the Regatta Hotel.
There I was at the urinal, when a disconcertingly incongrous shape moved into view beside me.
It was the lovely Melinda, who had bent over and backed up to the urinal. She then blithely lifted her skirt and very successfully used the facilities.
Oh, what a jolly night that was!

DrYobbo ducks in to say...

Posted May 9, 2013

I miss the old 'Gatta. The new one is a gentrified monstrosity full of pointlessly shiny surfaces and pointlessly shiny people who all should have been left to drown in the last flood

w from brisbane mumbles...

Posted May 9, 2013

Yes, Dr Yobbo. I wander past the Regatta's famed old veranda. A place where I enjoyed so much louche hilarity. The epic raw egg eating competition between Scutter and Haggis. The sculling through your underpants games. So many stories. And now I see people drinking coffee. DRINKING COFFEE!
It's a travesty. I blame the younger generation and their strange lack of joie de vivre.

BigWillieStyle ducks in to say...

Posted May 9, 2013

"Gentrified monstrosity"

Indeed. The only time I've been involved in a fight* at a pub was at the Regatta in 1992. More specifically, just outside the Regatta. Three stupidly large and largely stupid fellows had been kicked out for being drunken groping fuckchops, and were in the mood to beat someone up. Turned out to be me. Looking at today's Regatta patrons, they'd be flat out mustering up a bit of feigned outrage. Pah! Bring out the old Brisbane pub violence, I say.

*More of a three-versus-one kicking than a fight

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jcdmusing swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 9, 2013

Some research reported earlier this year (http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/research-backs-up-man-flu-sufferers-20130125-2dc68.html) suggests that men have more temperature receptors in part of their brain and therefore suffer more when trying to fight off bugs. By the way did you go to the doctor and get something that may actually help, like Relenza ? Or did you just tough it out like a real man ?

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Lulu swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 9, 2013

Regarding the chosen illustratiion: I suspect that among ladies of a certain age, Sean Bean's man-flu might be regarded differently from regular man-flu, and there would be many prepared to offer tea & sympathy.

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HAVOCK21 has opinions thus...

Posted May 9, 2013

Hey Bimingham, you also foregot to mention....Some men are man enough to not need the Flu jab, but when the MANFLU gets passed their highly developed fkn defences ITS FKN BAD. Only genetically aligned to women , MEN would need the FLU JAB that the women get too, pussies is another nale. BUt I put to you the question John. Have you ha d a flu shot??????????

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DrYobbo ducks in to say...

Posted May 9, 2013

Tumbleweeds in the comments. Everyone must have died of teh killer manflooze

tqft mumbles...

Posted May 9, 2013

Nah we are out trekking on

HAVOCK21 reckons...

Posted May 9, 2013

i figured I had insulted most groups and MIGHT get a fews bites..MEH, not to be Doc

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Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted May 10, 2013

JB,

Perhaps we could use discarded Flu Syringes as projectiles?

If I saw this floating above me I would call an emergency session of The Bounders Club.

Poor Kochie!

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-09/is-it-a-bird-is-it-a-plane-no-its-a-skywhale/4679676

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The stories you have to tell

Posted April 30, 2013 into Blunty by John Birmingham

As a rule, an ironclad rule, I avoid writing about state politics at Blunty because it kills my traffic stone dead. Apart from the occasional outrage, people just don't care. I don't know that they'll much care about today's topic – funding cuts to the Tenants Union – but it was one I felt deserved an airing.

I tried to make the story pop a little, with some action in the first couple of pars, and some bait-n-switch tricks half way down. But I guess we'll see by the end of the day. My preferred outcome would be for some real reporters to take this on and run with it.

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AllyOops mumbles...

Posted April 30, 2013

I read your piece via Sydney Morning Herald then popped here to read comments getting stuffed around by shitty landlords translates south of the Tweed.

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted April 30, 2013

Yeah, I am, of course, very familiar with the rental market in NSW.

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Barnesm swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 30, 2013

Was trying to login at Blunty doesn't appear to be letting me do so. Will try and log in later. Anyone else experiencing difficulty?

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted April 30, 2013

System wide issues.

HAVOCK21 is gonna tell you...

Posted April 30, 2013

AND FKN WHY ARE WE SURPRISED AT THIS...fkn comments vanished alltogether at one point!. MUPPETS!!!!

FKN MUPPETS!

Dick reckons...

Posted May 2, 2013

Gone again now, two days later. What's going on with FF? And from The Age comments section, Blunty still goes straight to the all important CWA blog.

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Jus mumbles...

Posted April 30, 2013

I rented in QLD for over 10 years. Two long stints, seperated by being a home owner, divorce and back to the market...

I twice used the Tentants Union and got great advice on my rights and methods on how to negotiate out of the problems. The RTA was/is useless as shit. The TU saved the Govt money by the problems not making it to court.

Case 1 :- Moved into a house after inspecting it. When we moved in the oven/dishwasher and other bits and pieces were broken. We were sure it wasnt this way when we inspected it. Real estate claimed we broke it, and refused to fix. Holding the rent in trust until it was resolved fixed the issue (not exactly the TU advice) (Note that we met the owner 12 months afterwards and he was totally unaware that there was an issue - real estate had never contacted him initally)

Case 2 :- Moved into a newly contructed house. Grass and a few bits and pieces werent finished. Landlord refused to complete these places, and I started to get notices because the yard was covered in weeds. Again advice from TU to get the landlord to back down and repair. Again RTA was useless.

Newman is dumb as dogshit basically, as one of the first out the door of the Qld govt (yelling i'm free, i'm free!!!) I have seen a silly Govt replaced by a dumb government. I wonder if we didnt call it a Tenants Union whether it would survive. Politicians are like 4 year olds throwing tantrums etc. After my experience I am a conciencous donkey voter.

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 30, 2013

You know what, you're probably exactly fucking right about calling it a 'Union'.

damian puts forth...

Posted April 30, 2013

Yes, the right has a real problem with words, very much very specifically with words. It is ALL about what you call things.

I've done the thoguht experiment with hard-right libertarian types where you describe an organisation that does exactly all the things that a union does and is structured and funded in exactly the same way, but expressed as an organisation in entirely commercial terms, with names for things that align with an idealistic market-driven worldview. In the general case, these people think it's a brilliant idea and wonder why such things don't exist already....

w from brisbane mumbles...

Posted April 30, 2013

Like the Australian Medical Association, an activist union that lobbies hard and threatenly, including strikes, or what it calls the withdrawl of medical services.
They are sacrosanct, though
Why? There is a feeling that the members tend to vote for the right wing party.

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted April 30, 2013

Actually, in my experience, the Left has a bigger problem with nominative determinism.

damian ducks in to say...

Posted April 30, 2013

My experience is different, but I guess I don't mix with a lot of what you call the left. I think people in general have the "foo good, bar bad" thing. Because most of us don't like to admit or contemplate how much of our worldviews work by association. But what I am talking about is different.

My experience is that right wing types are attached to words so much they don't get Magritte.

damian swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 2, 2013

Actually, I'm a bit over getting jumped on with this "Yeah but, yeah but... lefties do that too" stuff everytime I make some unreasonable sweeping generalisation about the right. Mostly because it implies there's some sort of symetry to this, and frankly there is not. Being unreasonable now and then is supposed to reply to the existing asymetry, that's the whole point. I don't really care what dodgy hippies were around in the 90s, here and now there is a multitude of zealous libertarian freaks with massive issues directly attacking things I care about, and I make them my object of study. So this hnur-hnur silly lefty stuff really shits me.

Sorry, rant mode off now. As you were.

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted May 2, 2013

The multitude of zealous libertarian freaks does not negate the censorious efforts of an army of punishers and straighteners from the social engineering facuty of Lentil University.

The main difference to me over the last 25 years? The Right keeps telling me what I shouldn't say. The Left tells me what I can't.

damian swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 2, 2013

Okay, there are 2 or 3 points here:

"The multitude of zealous libertarian freaks does not negate the censorious efforts of an army of punishers and straighteners from the social engineering facuty of Lentil University."


A reasonable point, but I'm not saying that it does. On the contrary, I would suggest that retreating into ideological positions is always bad and counterproductive. On the other hand, you interjected to say (more or less) that your lefties cancel out my libertarians. I suggest it may well be true that there are plenty of idiots on the left too, but that does not improve the situation, nor does it make the stuff about the right any less true. It doesn't even address the stuff I was going on about. Hence the "hnur hnur".
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Are you really saying that the discourse framing engaged in by thinktanks and the huge media interests that create the language we can effectively use in a public context is outweighed by a few women's studies departments and organic markets? I mean, I appreciate you were around campuses when the left was more or less at its peak in the 80s, and I started in the worst stages of the conservative backlash (cf Ms Brazil or Pecan or whatever it was). But we're not just talking about old shoulder chips here are we?

That's an interesting thought actually, because it's on topic. One of my duelling partners from campus politics at ANU, a very right wing bloke with a very privileged background, got control of the ANU Student's Union and cut back services to run it at a profit. Plenty of people could and might have run it as a lean organisation and achieved stuff with it like that, but he was a young lib and it was a union, so he made the cover of BRW with incredulous headlines about running a union as a business. As though (because of the language) it was some kind of surreal thing that only students can get up to.

I dunno - maybe I was spoiled by studying logic early. I get very annoyed when people accuse me of logical fallacies, especially when not only am I not engaging in the fallacy in question, but the accuser is in fact doing so as part of their argument, an important part that it relies on. As is the case here, I'm afraid. I'd rather be nice about it of course. Look, something shiny!

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted April 30, 2013

With any luck I can generate a responsive comment or two.

Always willing to take one for the team.

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Legless has opinions thus...

Posted April 30, 2013

I just don't get it. What's Newman's motivation for scrapping this? It wasn't costing the government a cent - it was paid for by interest generated by the bond money desposited by the tenants. So why scrap a genuinely useful service that's revenue neutral?

Darth Greybeard puts forth...

Posted April 30, 2013

See above. The word "Union" is verboten. All unions must be destroyed.

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Quokka swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 30, 2013

I've only glanced at this but if it means that landlords can go back to the good ole days of taking 1-2 months rent as bond with nobody to return it to the tenants at the end of it = cash cow for unscrupulous landlords.

Not that I'm saying that anyone in power or their wives, in-laws and besties would fit that bill.

No. Not at at all.

*walks away, whistling*

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Posted April 30, 2013
I can't believe all these cuts that Campbell Newman has made, willy nilly, in his first term as Premier of Queensland. It was bad enough that he cut the Queensland Literary Awards before getting stuck into all the public service job cuts. But this? This is going beyond ridiculous.

I'm lucky that I have a good real estate agent and owners of my rental property -- a lovely little unit in Red Hill, Brisbane. I've been here for over three years now, and intend to stay here.

Not everyone is so lucky. I've rented accommodation from some shocking rental property owners in the past. I've never been a home owner; always a renter. I've found that it is much, much better to rent through a real estate agent.

Bizarre that Newman is cutting out the Tenants Union, which provides a valuable service to renters. I haven't had to use it, but it's good to know it's there.

I'm also on the public housing waiting list, although I doubt I'll ever be offered a one-bedroom place despite being in the 'high need' category. Why? Because there's a waiting list that's about a zillion years long.

Not to worrry. I'm fortunate to have a lovely rental place where I am. I'm happy here in Red Hill, close to the city.

Joanna G

Dave W has opinions thus...

Posted April 30, 2013

One thing that makes Australia different from Europe, North America, and indeed most of the rest of the world, is that renting is seen as a 'short term' thing, ie 3-5 years here. Therefore the property is seen as very much the owner's place and no changes shall be made. Alternatively, the renter may also be entitled to feel that it's not their place, so any damage is not their problem.

We've let out a property privately and through an agent. My view is that I won't put the rent up and I'd like it if the tenant treats the place as their own home, including the option to make sensible changes with my agreement. I'd love it if a tenant wanted to stay there for years. I don't want the hassle of finding a new tenant and worrying about whether they'll treat the place like shit. The quid pro quo is that I'd happily leave the rent at something that gives an incentive to stay there.

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John Lees would have you know...

Posted April 30, 2013

Thanks for this column this morning JB. Glad to be made aware of this issue as a renter myself. Have let my facebook peeps know and posted on Newman's fb page in the hope of eliciting more than a boilerplate response.

john!

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted April 30, 2013

Cheers, JL.

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Lobes mutters...

Posted April 30, 2013

I went smh.com.au today and a window popped up in my browser that hinted very heavily that I would soon require to pay a subscription to read Fairfax articles.

Fair enough, they can try and squeeze some cash out of us like this but the Brisbane Times is not the New York Times and I'll pay for the articles from NYT before I throw away money on stories about tenants unions and continuous mindessly populist articles about rugby league players and celebrity bookies.

And I dont yet pay for the NYT so its not looking good for participation in future blunties if Fairfax go all monetise-y on us.

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted April 30, 2013

The odd thing is, they plan to leave BT as a free service. I don't know how, since a huge slab o' the content comes from down south.

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Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 30, 2013

JB

Have tried analyse this one and have insufficient data.

Why? Why oh why?

Ethics? What happened there?

Maybe the UAP will improve things.

When's the next election?

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tqft puts forth...

Posted April 30, 2013

As I said it Blunty, as stupid as this is & the gov's response to the Costello "audit" is sickening, I still suspect worse to come.

But important stuff is being dealt with - Segways FTW.

damian mutters...

Posted May 2, 2013

Yes, a fellow whose main economic credential is not crashing the Australian economy in the middle of the biggest boom in history, has been called on to make recommendations on the Queensland economy that can be used to shovel some public funds in the direction of the clients of his lobbying firm. This will apparently strengthen Queensland's future.

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Rodentus Maximus

Posted April 23, 2013 into Blunty by John Birmingham

The upside of John Winston Howard's return to public life.

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tqft mumbles...

Posted April 23, 2013

Some days I think I should help TA get elected and do his worst. Then it will never happen again (hopefully) or are people really that stupid.

I expect there may be a surprise in Qld for the LNP. Given the media coverage of the Fed's I have hope as the latest 2PP I saw had 45-55 favouring the LNP federally. Which isn't good but as not as bad as it could be. Of course it could be a whitewash as many are expecting.

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Posted April 23, 2013

You don't think Labor can sidle back between now and Sept? Then again, there's a lot I don't agree with that they're doing right now. Still, I can't believe that Tony would get the majority of the vote. Surely Australians won't shoot themselves in the head come the Federal Election. What's the alternative? Greens are looking like the best option.

Johnny, Man of Steel, should make some pump walk DVDs when he's GG. Wonder if he owns a Fitbit. I do, but I've been lazy these last two days.

Off to GC to be an extra in a short film tonight. Should be fun.

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Boston

Posted April 18, 2013 into Blunty by John Birmingham

I made a real effort not to follow the story in Boston too closely when it broke. I scanned what little was known, and then quickly withdrew into deadline because the mounting derp and horror were kind of derpy and horrible.

Before retreating I did have an interesting conversation with some other journos about the graphic images coming through the net. The sort of things which have always arrived in newsrooms after these events, but which are rarely, if ever published.

I honeslty wondered if people wanted that sort of graphic coverage. Apparently many do, because they were self publishing it.

Anyway, I thought I'd try work through those thoughts at Blunty.

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Murphy puts forth...

Posted April 18, 2013

If I felt the need for an update on Boston, I turned to the calmest, most rational source of all.

Wikipedia, which was frequently updated as new information came in. It was calm, even if it was not always right. If it was wrong, it fixed it quietly without a lot of drama. And unlike the twitter and facebook feeds, there were no sidewalks awash in blood.

The other calm, rational voice was the three minute tactical analysis provided on STRATFOR's YouTube site.

Otherwise, I tuned most of it out.

With regard to wikipedia, I started doing that after the Adam Lanza Newtown shooting. I found my blood pressure stayed reasonable and the facts I got, such as they were, were just as reliable as anything else.

Perhaps journalists used to write the first draft of history and we academics like to sneer at wikipedia because you can't quite be sure who edited it. But as we march into the future, I have a feeling that the first draft of history isn't going to be written by journalists. It'll be written at wikipedia.

Respects,

Murph

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Bunyip would have you know...

Posted April 18, 2013

"The other calm, rational voice was the three minute tactical analysis provided on STRATFOR's YouTube site."

Thanks for that Murph. I found that useful.

Dave W would have you know...

Posted April 18, 2013

Thanks Murph, I've not thought before about wikipedia as a reliable news source, or as the first draft of history. Very interesting.

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Murphy puts forth...

Posted April 18, 2013

The video didn't say anything that I didn't already suspect or know intuitively but I found it helpful just to listen to someone say, "This is what is going to happen," in a very calm, rational tone.

We could use more of that and less Hollywood Hystrionics.

Respects,

Murph

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Legless asserts...

Posted April 18, 2013

The footage that affected me the most was the videos of the immediate aftermath of the explosions where so many people ran *towards* the explosions. Ignoring the human instinct to flee danger they ran to help thier fellow man. Without them, the butchers bill may have been higher.

Bunyip mumbles...

Posted April 18, 2013

I must admit, having been caught on the edge of a bomb blast* as a teenager (either 1979 or 1980), my first instinct was to run. My fear at the time was that there was a second bomb, set to go off a couple of minutes after the first. Therefore, I found it quite viseral to watch those people pivot and run into the smoke. In retrospect, wish I had been one of them.

*It was part of a bungled extortion campaign against Woolies. Cnr of Park and George Streets, Sydney. Wish I could find an online link, but my Google Fu is not strong today.

Murphy asserts...

Posted April 18, 2013

I sometimes think that running toward someone in danger to help is hardwired in to some people. We had a bank robbery back in my security officer days, an armed one I might add, and for some stupid reason, I ran toward it instead of away from it.

Same thing with saves as a lifeguard. I've worked with guards who often say, "I hope I never have to save someone," and by that they mean, "I don't think I can hack the responsibility of this job." There is no shame in that unless you accept the paycheck for sitting in the chair for the other 90% plus of the time when nothing happens.

Me? I get an andrenaline rush when such an opportunity pops up.

Again, I think it might well be hardwired and perhaps not something to be ashamed of if you respond more sensibly.

Respects,

Murph

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Brother PorkChop is gonna tell you...

Posted April 18, 2013

I think the rules have changed JB, and not for the better but that is just me being old. However, I believe that there is still a modicum of choice to view or not to view, listen or not, to the various levels of coverage and derp. You don't have to listen to Jones, look at News.com video footage or watch the ABC coverage if you do not wish to.

An interesting question : can the younger generation "automatically" block out what they do not wish to see or listen to, where as us older folk need to analyze before turning away?

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TC mumbles...

Posted April 18, 2013

I don't know whether I'd count as the younger generation you're talking about BPC (I'm 30-something), but I'm certainly good at automatically tuning out. Unfortunately this seems to have left me possibly more sensitive to goings on than others might be, so when I do decide to tune in I need to be sure to do it in my own time.

I haven't read Blunty yet but I'll remedy that soon. I haven't seen the graphic coverage you're alluding to, JB... and it's not something I'm rushing to find.

Perhaps people want to focus on the graphic images of the event because it makes thinking about the loss of children, siblings, parents and friends move out of focus a little? (yeah, I try to think the best of people as a general rule)

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tqft mutters...

Posted April 18, 2013

Not going there. I did read your piece and skim the comments but you don't need to hit the delete button.

Not JB or his piece or even the comments. The whole shebang.

So much derp (and still coming through). and the wife wonders why i tune out the tv news. If I start not going to stop.

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Lulu has opinions thus...

Posted April 18, 2013

Some people might want the wall-to-wall graphic images but not everyone - and that includes me. I don't need to see visual evidence of exactly what happens when bombs & human bodies collide at close quarters. And I think it can be a bit death-porny to seek it out.

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Murphy is gonna tell you...

Posted April 18, 2013

Agree on death porn.

Legless asserts...

Posted April 18, 2013

I've seen one "Death Porn" clip. Back in the early days of the internet I clicked on a video where a young Russian soldier had his head cut off with a spade. I had nightmares for weeks about it. His helplessness and the horror of seeing that spade go through a real humans neck really got to me.

Since then, I've deliberately avoided links showing graphic death. Saddam's hanging, Ken Bigley's beheading, sniper-cam shots - never seen them. Hell, I've never even seen two-girls one-cup. The desription of that was enough for me to feel sick.

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w from brisbane has opinions thus...

Posted April 18, 2013

There will always be those folk who get a thrill or have a compulsion for this sort of thing. Like the crowd that attend public hangings, they might noisily fill a small town square, but the great majority of people very deliberately stay away.

I don't think the seeming ubiquity of these images had much to do with popularity. A product of some enthusiastic pushers, rather than a mass desire to pull in these images.

I think many of us, out of curiosity, might have gone out of our way to look at some graphic images once in a lifetime. That usually cures you forever. Bloody horrible. I appreciate the mainstream media's censorship of these images.

Sympathy to all victims of violence everywhere.

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MickH swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 18, 2013

The Mrs turned the telly on that morning as we were getting ready for work. She likes to watch the most popular breakfast show (you know the one I mean) Well, the event had not happened that long ago and they were already into full-talking-head-derp-mode. It took almost 10 minutes before they stopped talking to some athlete (who wasn't there) to get some sembalance of the proper news. Then after the add break and a showing (again) of the bomb blast in slo-mo thay started talking to some wanker about Paul Revere for fuck's sake!

My mrs saw the signs and turned the crap off before I popped a kidney

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John Birmingham reckons...

Posted April 18, 2013
Slackness, Dick. Intolerable slackness.

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Quokka reckons...

Posted April 19, 2013

Yeah the BT seems to have changed it's format so that I couldn't do the usual series of mouse clicks to get to the BI blog either.

I put 'blunt instrument' into the search box at the top, which is all very well when you type over 70WPM as I do. A skill that doesn't translate terribly well to a touch screen on an ipad.

If there's a new short-cut to get there from the Brisbane Times or the SMH or other, it would be good to know.

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pi mutters...

Posted April 19, 2013

Isn't most news trainwreck psychology?

A few years back (at the completion of the 2004 election) I decided that there was nothing I was going to read or hear in the news over the intervening three years until the next federal election that would change my opinion on whether I was going vote against John Howards government. One 'stop the boats' scare too many.

So I stopped watching news. Stopped reading it. Stopped listening to it. Stopped talking about it. When it came on television I either muted and looked away, switched the channel, or if I wasn't in the position do those things, walked out of the room. When people started talking about news, I'd ascertain whether the thing they were talking about directly related to them, or whether they were just talking about something in order to satisfy some morbid sense of curiosity.

'twas an enlightening three years. What did I learn? As much as if I'd watched the news. Missed the tsunami coverage for a week, until someone mentioned it. Tragic business. I reckoned though, that if you'd heard on the news that a tsunami was coming, and you should head to the hills, that would be a useful use of 'news'. But that didn't happen. I read sports news. People queried why. I said : "Because I'm interested in seeing people at their best, not their worst". Same justification exists for reality television I guess.

So I gave the whole boston thing the big miss. One image managed to sneak through the drag-net, that only made me determined to avoid that shit altogether. Blunty post kind of confirms my worst fears.

I'm definitely in the minority. But I think I'm a happier person for it, and I don't think just the fact that I don't know, or want to know, anything this new explosion of gore on the other side of the world, lessens me. It only makes me think that perhaps I might to take another hiatus from the 'news'. There'll be a lot less stress in my life, and there's no chance I'm going to be voting for mr rabbit, so I'm not sure I'm going to be missing much.

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tqft swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 19, 2013
And again today. Even though I had tech problems I didn't miss much

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Murphy ducks in to say...

Posted April 20, 2013

Got that motherfucker.

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Murph

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John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted April 20, 2013

I'm real curious as to their motivation.

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Murphy would have you know...

Posted April 20, 2013

I am too.

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HAVOCK21 is gonna tell you...

Posted April 20, 2013
2 fkn retards who have little in the way of support IF FKN ANY which is a fkn good thing and decided, that as they are from the shallow end of the fkn gene pool they would have a crcak at Uncle Sam, more likely they got tangled up in the balkans..NO..nay really. Just another pair who get to me god early!...or not!


I see ya fkn turned on SPELL CHEKER FOR ME YA MUPPET!

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Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted April 20, 2013

It is a terrible thing that has happened.

I can't see why they did it.

Media Attention?

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pi is gonna tell you...

Posted April 21, 2013

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