Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Bad Terrorist. No Virgins.

A bit of Karaoke before murdering some infidels...

Monday, May 19, 2014

Little Miss Oginy

So here's how it goes.

A sign calling Julia Gillard a witch? Outrage. Speeches in parliament citing a culture of misogyny and demanding Tony Abbott's head. For a sign held by a stranger at a demonstration.

So we should expect similar outrage over this charming placard from last-weekend's demonstration.

Somehow I don't expect Tanya Plibersek and the 'Handbag Hitsquad' getting too worked up about it.

See the idiots in the background wearing (or not) Guy Fawkes masks made famous in the movie V for Vendetta? I wonder if the anti-corporationey types know that every purchase of those masks is money straight to Time Warner, owner of the image.

Update: When "bestselling author" Antony Loewenstein was invited as a speaker to the demo, I was wondering if he'd manage to blame the Australian budget on a Zionist conspiracy. Antony didn't disappoint.
Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey have furthered this trend because Labor assisted the groundwork, sharing the same neo-liberal agenda. These politicians mostly go to the same parties, attend the same think-tank events and romance the same reporters. It’s a cosy club that gets a warm reception in the US and Israeli embassies.
and any other Embassy hosting a party or think-tank event. The warm reception is called diplomacy. But a fiendish Zionist conspiracy is so much more exciting, isn't it?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sydney Punctuation Festival

Antony Loewenstein is speaking not once, but three times at the (taxpayer funded) Sydney "Writers" Festival.

Loewenstein's latest blog post promoting this is headlined "On the importance of Twitter as an author and journalist"

Twitter isn't an author or a journalist. Those are both careers which require a basic understanding of punctuation that Loewenstein lacks. When asked by the Sydney Morning Herald, Loewestein wrote, of Twitter:
It allows me to connect with people around the world who I wouldn’t normally speak to – journalists, activists, writers, dissidents, and because I write about issues in the Middle East or issues of immigration detention in Australia, I find invaluable information from writers to refugees to activists who don’t normally have a voice in mainstream media.
That's a single sentence.

Loewenstein adds:
I tweet a lot. But I do have a rule that I don't talk about my personal life, partner, family or where I'm going.
Probably because his own family regard Loewenstein as an embarrassment and nobody is interested in visits to Centrelink and Newtown coffee shops.

I wonder if Loewy's presentation three presentations to the Writers Festival will pack the room as hard as he did in his address to the "Australian Society of Authors" which even managed to clear the stage.

That shopping bag didn't buy a ticket.