Monday, April 23, 2018

Eccentric


Author Tom Bower has written a sensational new biography about Prince Charles, Rebel Prince. This article from the Sun, a quality masthead, has Clarence House refuting the allegations in this book, then says that it could not be reached for comment. Yes, that makes perfect sense. When I was a student, I was marked down for writing contradictions in assignments.

http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/royals/charles-said-to-be-difficult-to-work-for-wants-to-sack-royal-staff-if-he-became-king/news-story/669e77f2657f0906bb133b435ed4d622

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Leave it alone

One of the characteristics of leftist activists is deconstructionism. Part of this means intentionally hijacking cultural symbols to promote their own causes. Some of them have started a social media campaign to use Anzac Day to raise awareness of offshore detainees on Manus Island. This strikes me as highly disrespectful to the day, which is about commemorating Australian and New Zealand military service personnel. As a day of solemn observance and reflection for most Australians and New Zealanders, it should not be appropriated for partisan political causes. There are other days in the year for that. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Available for immediate start

One would hope that this real estate firm's level of professionalism is higher than the attention to detail in its job advertisements.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Grumpy mature aged men

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Controversial Sydney talkback host Alan Jones also has a nightly news programme on Sky News, Jones & Co. When I had a cable subscription, I never bothered to watch it, so I thought I'd give it a try. Almost half of its 45 minute running time was taken up with editorials from Jones, with some contributions from co-host, Peta Credlin. There was also an interview with a member of Australia's Commonwealth Games swimming team. Again, Jones did most of the talking. I won't bother with this show again. Jones is too overbearing and opinionated for my tastes.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Misleading advertising














I randomly came across this on an online pop culture store. The Bookworm is one of the lesser known Batman villains. I vaguely remember that he appeared in an episode of the 1960s Batman TV series, and that he set a trap for Batman and Robin in a library. He wore a dark brown suit, thick glasses, and a hat, and most definitely did not style himself after the Egyptian pharoahs.


Sunday, April 15, 2018

By their fruits

I just finished listening to The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left, by Dinesh D'Souza. If you are a student of history, politics, and competing worldviews, the book is worth reading, despite its provocative title.

As a foreign outsider, I cannot offer informed comment on the some of the information he presents, such as the academic question of whether Nazism is to be classified as a extreme left or extreme right ideology. However, I was astounded to learn that the Nuremberg race laws were partially based on the Jim Crow laws of the American South, Nazi eugenics programs being partially modeled on those in some American states, the idea for the Nazi genocides came from that which was perpetrated on Native Americans, and that the Democrats, who in the present time position themselves as the progressives, were historically the party of slavery and the Ku Klux Klan. There was what D'Souza terms as "two way traffic" between Nazism and the American left.

I will deal with the portions of this book that I am informed about. Atheists have often claimed that Adolf Hitler was a Christian, and that the Nazi movement was a Christian one. These claims do not stand up to historical scrutiny. D'Souza's earlier work has dealt with this question, and he addresses it again in this book.

D'Souza writes:

"Hitler's Table Talk, a revealing collection of the Fuhrer's private opinions, assembled by a close aide during the war years, shows Hitler to be rabidly anti-religious. He called Christianity one of the great "scourges" of history, and said of the Germans, "Let's be the only people who are immunized against this disease." He promised that "through the peasantry we shall be able to destroy Christianity." In fact, he blamed the Jews for inventing Christianity. He also condemned Christianity for its opposition to evolution.

Hitler reserved special scorn for the Christian values of equality and compassion, which he identified with weakness. Hitler's leading advisers like Goebbels, Himmler, Heydrich and Bormann were atheists who hated religion and sought to eradicate its influence in Germany."

Here we have definitive statements from Hitler and other top ranking Nazis, clearly stating their contempt for Christianity and Christian ethics. There is no way that they were Christians, not even in the broadest sense of the term.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Pork barrel

The Victorian government is going to spend millions of dollars of taxpayers' money on stadium upgrades, such as Etihad Stadium. I can understand the logic of financing stadium upgrades in suburban and regional areas, but why are taxpayers being asked to pay for a stadium redevelopment that the AFL could easily finance from its own funds? Furthermore, why is the government preferencing the AFL over community sports clubs, which often struggle financially?

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/andrews-government-set-to-splash-cash-on-footy-stadiums-20180412-p4z9bg.html