Melbourne’s Latte Curtain

31 07 2008

Andrew Landeryou posts a draft map of  Melbourne’s Latte curtain. This map is a matter of great importance to the Lattenomics blog. I hope Andrew doesn’t mind me posting it.


Today’s eyerollers

31 07 2008

• “The physical, social and economic impacts of global warming affect women more than men.”

• ”African-Americans are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change.”

I guess black surfaces heat up more 🙂

via  Tim Blair

Our taxes at work

30 07 2008

The Victorian Government spent more than $1.5 billion on technology projects last year, but the Auditor-General has found much of the money was wasted.

Why wasted? I dare say that plenty of IT companies owned by friends and realtives of the Victorian Labor Party are a lot better off from all this. And that should make all of us happy.

Batman rescues desperate Americans

25 07 2008

I swear I’ve heard over and over again that there was an economic crisis in US. I was convinced they were all defaulting on their mortgages, trading down their trucks, eating only baked beans and selling their children into slavery. Imagine my surprise when I read this:

The Dark Knight has continued its rampage across the North American box-office, becoming the fastest film in history to break the $US200 million barrier.

Unless it’s “all you can eat” popcorn…

Eco Bullying

25 07 2008

Last night I was watching the local news report about protesters trying to stop logging in the part of Strzelecki Ranges in Gippsland, Victoria. The protest was staged by the group called “Friends of the Gippsland Bush” and supported by “Friends of the Earth”.

I don’t know enough about the situation to comment on the validity of the protesters claims but something else struck me. It was the realisation that these environmentalist groups are essentially bullies whose tactics are typical of moral and intellectual bullying practised by religious zealots, Soviets and Nazis.

Start with their names – “Friends of the Earth”, “Friends of the Trees” or “Friends of Whatever”. Such moral high-ground names basically presume that anyone who argues with them must be the Enemy of Earth, or Bush or whatever else takes their fancy. We can laugh at neocon George W. Bush and his “if you are not with us, you are with the terrorists”, but how are these people different? If you are not the Friend of the Earth you must be the enemy. The names of these groups contain an automatic smear of their opponents.

Just like Nazis and Soviets these people are self-appointed spokesmen on behalf of others. While Nazis and Soviets presumed to speak on behalf of the working classes, the Volk, environmentalist speak on behalf of the Earth, trees, Spotted Owls and so forth. The planet can’t seek anybody’s friendship but these guys have decided that they would befriend it anyway and impose their personal will upon us on the Earth’s behalf. This is a license to bully. Just like the Communists and Nazis claimed that workers couldn’t speak up against against the capitalist machine and needed Communist and Nazi muscle to impose the workers’ will on society, the environmentalists must speak and act on behalf of the planet and its species who cannot speak for themselves.

Have you also noticed how these guys always SAVE something? In yesterday’s protest they were “saving the Strezleki Ranges”. It’s as if the logging company wanted to destroy the whole mountain range, which would require some serious nukes and earth-moving machinery. Or they want to “save the whales”. All of them? Jokes aside, the theme of eco-salvation neatly kicked in where traditional religion left off. While priests may offer us salvation for the soul, environmentalist are offering salvation for the entire planet. Either are a quest for a higher calling and while it’s getting harder to fill the church pews there is no shortage of Gore Tex-clad bright-eyed eco-bullies telling us all what we should all do on the planet’s bahalf.

Julie Burchill on modern hypocrisy

25 07 2008

Julie Burchill nails the Greens:

Have you noticed that Green is the first socio-political movement in which every single leader and spokesperson is filthy rich – they make the Conservative Party look like the Jarrow marchers. Even the suffragettes – a pretty posh posse – could count working-class women among their star turns. But look at the Greens – not one chav champion in the whole stuck-up setup that is chock-full of Etonians.

The new generation of Private Frazers  –  ‘Doomed, doomed, we’re all doomed!’ – tend to be from hugely wealthy families, too, though their ancestors tend to be barons. It doesn’t take a psychiatrist to work out that what these silver-spoon scions may be experiencing is a good old-fashioned bout of class guilt to make them turn on the cut-throat carpet bagging that made their families’ fortunes.

But whereas getting a dose of socialism would have led them to turn – quite rightly – on their own kind, the rich and powerful, the warped logic of ecology encourages them to turn on the poor and powerless. Hence the constant harping about how cheap food, cheap clothes and cheap travel are the enemies of the planet – so, presumably, prices should go up and the well-off won’t notice a difference while the poor should starve, go barefoot and stay at home. Just like in the good old days, eh, chaps?

There is plenty more good stuff so read on… I especially like the Hypocrite Holidays (most of my lefty mates are right into them):

Everyone loves a few weeks off in new surroundings and hypocrites are no different.

Always remember, however, that the hypocrite is never a ‘tourist’ but always a ‘traveller’. Got it? Good. Pack your bags and prepare to visit the destinations of double standards.

1. SOUTH AMERICA: With all those jungles, this region is the place to go for the Green hypocrite.

You can even plant a tree in your name to help the environment (because it is, after all, all about you). And thanks to fuel-guzzling air travel, it’s all only a matter of hours away. Remember to take your Sting CD to listen to on the flight.

2. AFRICA: My goodness, you’re right on if you go to Africa. Remember to haggle with the locals during every financial transaction. You’re there to enjoy yourself and, after all, there’s no greater feeling in the world than haggling a poor African man out of three pounds.

3. ARAB STATES: You love the culture and believe that the sheer authenticity of it makes Western values seem so corrupt and futile in comparison. And if you ask around in the right places, you will be able to find those underground bars that illicitly serve alcohol, while you watch pole dancing. Cheers!

4. INDIA: The Taj Mahal, the deserts, the mountainous Himalayan regions and the garden city of Bangalore. It’s lovely. Those bloody beggars almost ruined it, though.

5. WARSAW: They say this city is ‘the new Prague’. Anti-semitism and homophobia thrive in this city  –  yet the modern hypocrite will still flock there for ‘the marvellous culture’ (read: cheap booze). Not that their love of travelling to Poland will prevent them from moaning about Poles coming to the UK.

Julie’s book is available from Amazon UK

Broadband milestone

23 07 2008

About bloody time!

Broadband has for the first time outstripped dial-up as the main gateway to the internet for households, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said.