De facto nudity.
In my face.
De facto nudity.
In my face.
The bosses at Network Ten must have partied a little too hard when all that extra ad revenue came in from the Big Bash League.
It's OK. I understand. If I had just kicked three kinds of hell out of the arrogant tools at Nine, after years getting corn-holed by them, I'd totally drink my own body weight in vodka shambles and dive nude into a mountain of top-shelf cocaine. But that's me. I'm sure the execs at Ten just shared a quick round of shandies which, after decades of running last and making do with less and less, went straight to their thick heads.
How else to explain holding back the rebooted X-Files for a week after it airs in the US? Perhaps they own a piece of BitTorrent?
At Blunty. Always a tricky one to write when there's a live legal case:
The psychology of random sneak attacks is the psychopathology of manhood gone wrong and Green is the sort of man who can show others that Simone de Beauvoir was mistaken, that men don't need to find self-affirmation in their fists. It doesn't mean renouncing his professional history as a boxer, but rather foregrounding it. There is a lot of unhinged bullshit floating around the construction of modern masculinity; from the high-pitched whine and special pleading of the Men's Rights movement to the paleo-intellectualism of repackaged red meat and rape fantasies of that sad little movement's daffier micro-celebrities. Hard men like Green are uniquely placed to undermine that crap.
As long as some men feel masculine worth can only be found in aggression and dominance they will walk the streets to deliver on their belief, feeling in their fists the reassurance of their sovereignty. They will prey on the weak, because they are weak.
Of all the things we will talk about when we talk about the death of Cole Miller few will get to the heart of why men do this, to each other, to women and children, to anyone they think they can beat down. Lockouts, licensing restrictions, the criminal code and punishment regimes, they all have their part to play. But until men change, nothing will.
Had me a small taste of the Men Rights movement's special brand o' online love last week, after writng about Chris Gayle, Jamie Briggs et al. They really do live on red meat and rape fantasies.
Oh Christmas ham, how did it come to this?
Why does it always come to this between us?
How well I recall our early days together. The promise they held. The excitement at just being around you. I said my love for you would never die, Christmas ham, and I spoke the truth as I then felt it. I could speak no other.
And Christmas ham, we were so good together, weren't we? Even now, when everything has gone so wrong between us, I can still recognise that there was a time, there was a place, they mattered and meant that there was love in the world. My love for you, Christmas ham.
Oh yes, I know others said it would not last. Some were even cruel enough to say I was not man enough for you and that you, Christmas ham were … well, let's get it out there. Too big.
The local paper - an actual paper, The Courier Mail - has been rubbing itself all over the Baden-Clay murder case here in Brisbane. Or it was a murder, until the Court of Appeal decided there wasn't enough evidence of premeditation to carry a murder verdict and dropped the convictiction to manslaughter. It upset a lot of people, but excited the sales department at the Courier which spotted an issue perfectly calibrated to move more papers.
They've been giving front page encouragement to a campaign against... er... against... hmmm... protesting the court thingies... er...
Well, a lot of people were understandably upset that the odious Gerard Baden-Clay seems to have gotten away with murder. Even though he's still doing time for manslaughter.
I stayed away from the Courier's role in the rallies and protests of the last week because it would be unseemly to brawl over it. But today's Blunty does address the wider problems of turning criminal justice into a reality TV voting system.
To defeat Daesh means to destroy them utterly, not just to kill and maim their fighters, and reduce the settlements of their pissant fourth world proto-state to rubble and ash, but to negate the philosophy, the very way of the seeing the world which brought that state into being.
To do that we must understand them and their understanding of doctrine, strategy and tactics. These are western concepts, but common to all faiths and ideologies which would take dominion over the world.