Female achievement

18 03 2008

On the eve of the International Women’s Day The Age’s favourite witch Catherine Deveny contemplates impressive female achievements:

MARCH 8 is International Women’s Day, a day when middle-class women, like myself, squat over mirrors and reflect on how far the sisterhood has come…

Great work girls! Us men? … we just look at our cocks every time we need to remind ourselves of human progress…





How come all the jobs aren’t in Mississippi?

17 03 2008

Oponents of globalisation often argue that globalisation and free trade drive manufacturing jobs from wealthy countries with high wages to poor counries with low wages. They call it the “race to the bottom”. While such simplistic arguments are very appealing, they are very easy to disprove. For example, Tim Warstall asks NAFTA-bashers a brilliant question:

How come all the jobs aren’t in Mississippi? For that state has had free trade with all of the others for some 140 years, since the end of the unpleasantness between the States. And it has also, for all that time, had the lowest wages in the country. So if jobs really do all get sucked to where wages are lowest, why are not all manufacturing jobs, even all of Manhattan’s jobs, being done in the rural counties of Mississippi? 

The man has a very good point…





Democrats locked in identity quagmire

11 03 2008

Mark Steyn beautifully captures the quagmire of identity politics in Democrats Presidential nominee race:

As Ali Gallagher, a white female (sorry, this identity-politics labeling is contagious) from Texas, told The Washington Post: “A friend of mine, a black man, said to me, ‘My ancestors came to this country in chains; I’m voting for Barack.’ I told him, ‘Well, my sisters came here in chains and on their periods; I’m voting for Hillary.'”

 As for victims, you have to feel sorry for John Edwards. He was born in a mill. He weighed 1.6 pounds and what did his dad get? Another day older and deeper in debt. John spent most of his childhood in chains workin’ in the coalmine. He spent most of the 19th century as a spindly seven year-old sweep with rickets cleaning chimneys in Dickensian London until Fagin spotted him and trained him up as a trial lawyer. And it worked swell in the 2004 primary but it counted for nothing this time round because, even with all that soot on his face, he’s still a white boy.

Bill Richardson was the first Hispanic candidate but nobody needs a Hispanic called “Bill Richardson.”





ALP’s press gallery cheer squad

10 03 2008

A lot of righteous noise has been made Mark Vaile’s and Wilson Tuckey’s business funded trips overseas. These trips were used as proof that Liberals are mean and lazy. Calls were made for offending MP’s to be cast out of the parliament. Unfortunately this exposes a shocking double standard of Australian media who seemingly forgotten everything they learned at journalism school and became a cheer squad for the Australian Labor Party. As reported by the Adelaide Advertiser:

MATT Price, who died the day after the federal election, was the nicest and funniest person who ever worked in the Canberra press gallery. He used to say that for the gallery the Liberals were always guilty until proven innocent and Labor was innocent until proven guilty. Labor set up detention centres for illegal migrants but when the Liberals inherited that system … well, that was unacceptable!

We saw it again in Steve Lewis’s articles in this paper last week about Mark Vaile’s and Wilson Tuckey’s overseas trips.

(Kevin) Rudd, as an Opposition frontbencher, made four trips overseas in the last four years, all paid for by businesses.

The massively wealthy Guangzho-based property developer Zhou Zerong paid for one of those trips. He also paid for Wayne Swan to visit China. Woodside, the Perth-based energy company, also paid for Mr Rudd to go to China.

A company called Beijing AustChina Technology Ltd funded Mr Rudd’s trip to England, the US, Sudan and China in June-July 2006.

I checked these trips against the parliamentary timetable. That last trip happened when parliament was sitting. Mr Rudd missed not one but several question times, all funded by a telecommunications company. Quite a few lunches during question times there, Mr Rudd! Shock horror, dereliction of duty, an outrage, an insult to the electors of Griffith! No, not a word.

Now Lewis and other notables in Canberra apparently thought all of that was OK. It wasn’t worth reporting. Why not? Now these politicians are running Australia, the media should be asking probing questions about these relationships.

The public deserves more objectivity than these disgraceful double standards.





Carbon Disconnect

5 03 2008

On Monday 3rd of March Australia’s most popular daily newspaper the Herald Sun ran a wonderful illustration of the public’s “desire” to address the challenge of global warming:

On page 20 VoxPop asked five Victorians if Australia should make sacrifices in reducing greenhouse gasses when they won’t have any meaningful impact on global warming?

All five respondents gave emphatic YES!!! We must do our bit for the planet… future generations… social responsibility… blah…blah…blah… That’s a 100% commitment.

On page 21 telephone VoteLine posed another question: Would yo be happy to pay a 10c-a-litre carbon tax on petrol?

92.9% of caller said NO!!!

When it comes to global warming, people are more than willing to recite politically-correct platitudes and support interplanetary big-shot agreements as long as it costs them nothing. Yet when they are asked to pay a lousy 10c per litre of petrol, even the citizens of wealthy Australia aren’t prepared to pay a cent. Politicians beware!