Category Archives: Taking out the trash

I think he is talking about us

Paul Kelly in the Australian has a long piece claiming victory for Australia in the government v Facebook and Google kerfuffle. I particularly liked this bit: But there is a small group of angry critics that reject the model on … Continue reading

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The ADF can’t defend Australia

Jim Molan has a very troubling op-ed in The Australian today: Australians need to come to a consensus about the nation we want to be and how we will sustain that in the face of real threat. We should have … Continue reading

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So few things have happened on Greg Hunt’s watch …

Well, er, no shit. This is the same government that apparently is concerned about the advertising market share that Google and Facebook have. So they have two choices: Advertise with the traditional media and attract fewer eyeballs at a higher … Continue reading

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Don’t they know there’s a pandemic on?

Those rent-seekers at The Australian are squealing. First Peter Lewis of the Centre for Responsible Technology – really the far-left Australia Institute and Essential Media – weighs in: That Facebook would consciously choose to purge fact-based journalism from their networks … Continue reading

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Facebook 1, Crony Capitalism 0

Who could ever have foreseen that a private company, if forced to pay a fee for a service (more on this below) may forego the service? Well it turns out that the entire Canberra establishment and the ACCC never for … Continue reading

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Remember all research is good research

Yesterday ANU Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt told the AFR: The vice-chancellor of The Australian National University predicts a “five-year depression” in university research as the COVID-19 pandemic crushes income and pushes up costs. Professor Brian Schmidt told The Australian Financial Review … Continue reading

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The new denialism

There is no cancel culture. The fastest way to get a book deal in this country is to whine about cancel culture. Every single one of these people ends up on their feet. They are fine. They have giant platforms. … Continue reading

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Victoria has higher standards?

Gladys Berejiklian says she won’t lower herself to respond to Daniel Andrews after the Victorian Premier said his state would take fewer returning travellers because its hotel quarantine system had “higher standards”. Source. Yes, well.

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Where do they find these people?

My attention has been drawn to this fascinating piece in The Guardian: Clothing is inherently political in its ability to represent the values of our culture, and the necktie is one of the most politically charged items of body adornment. … Continue reading

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Letter in the AFR

The other day CL drew attention to a rather silly op-ed in the AFR written by ABC board member Joseph Gersh. Gersh was pedalling the nonsense that Australian democracy would collapse but for the ABC. Do the critics of the … Continue reading

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